I love it when randomly looking over things, literature, websites, music, cinema, photos, one can find a gem, written by someone other who you have never met, and could quite possibly be long dead, who pulls you into them. Who expresses themselves so eloquently it softens your heart, and speaks so honestly and forcefully of something you can utterly relate to on all counts. It's the recognition of compassion in humanity which sometimes is hard to see, as well as a connection so strong that geographical locations, social status, religion, gender, sexuality, and even era in time, does not hold bearing on this universal and eternal message which so many of us believe deep in our core.
Today I found one which summed up a belief of mine in a way that conveys the passion and compassion which resides with it.
Isaac Bashevis Singer:
"When a human kills an animal for food, he is neglecting his own hunger for justice. Man prays for mercy, but is unwilling to extend it to others. Why should man then expect mercy from God? It's unfair to expect something that you are not willing to give. It is inconsistent. I can never accept inconsistency or injustice. Even if it comes from God. If there would come a voice from God saying, "I'm against vegetarianism!" I would say, "Well, I am for it!" This is how strongly I feel in this regard."
look the other way
5 weeks ago