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That one image of a little kid laying dead on the ground, and all I could think about was my little nephew, around the same age.  
I've been a vegetarian for about twenty years now, and while I'm not thinking of stopping I have been trying to put some more thought lately into why I am and how I came to be one.  After sifting through my old journals, it seems to me now that my move toward vegetarianism was born from an adolescent horror of cruelty.  And it strikes me that as I've gotten older my horror of cruelty has diminished.  This is necessary I think, but images like those of the Israeli girls signing shells brought that horror rushing back.  I'm back to being that fourteen-year-old kid who just wants to die because I can't believe that people can be so unspeakably cruel.

Originally posted to sap on Wed Jul 19, 2006 at 08:34 AM PDT.


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  •  Look, I think those kids don't (1+ / 0-)
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    understand.  It's something I might have done at 14.  They probably are good kids who are living under a set of extraordinary circumstances like all the children of that area.  Question:  Who suggested the shot?

    I'm a vegetarian too - trying to be a vegan.  At age 67 - my health has held up pretty well and it may be due to my dietary habits.  (spits between pointer finger and pinkie finger - like any good Italian superstitious girl.)  I know that can change on a dime but hope I will remain so for a decade or so.  

    The beneficiaries are likely to be...large corporations and development firms. (O'Connor, J. dissenting in Kelo). God bless you, J. O'Connor.

    by xanthe on Wed Jul 19, 2006 at 09:01:04 AM PDT

    •  Excellent point. (0+ / 0-)

      It's something I might have done at 14.

      Most of us, if we're being honest, would have to say the same about ourselves.

      The question you pose is indeed more relevant: Who suggested the shot?

      Scientia potentia est.

      by slksfca on Wed Jul 19, 2006 at 09:36:53 AM PDT

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  •  Best in the next few days and weeks (0+ / 0-)

    It's easy to get the horror meter pegged past Zebra, isn't it?

    Again, the best to you.

    Be good to each other. It matters.

    by AllisonInSeattle on Wed Jul 19, 2006 at 11:57:22 AM PDT

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