Archive for August, 2011

Watching President Clinton describe his conversion from fried chicken to veggie burgers on CNN’s “The Last Heart Attack” has prompted my husband and me to consider going vegetarian. The advent of life threatening heart problems caused by a lifetime of eating meat and dairy products has given a “wake up” call to not only Clinton, but other Lipitor-dependent boomers as well.

My husband and I met in 1974 when he was a vegetarian ex-Peace Corps volunteer teaching yoga and developing affordable housing co-ops. I was a zealous environmentalist committed to saving the world from rapacious development. We were typical of those in our generation who were challenging authority in pursuit of the greater social good. We grew our own sprouts and cultured our own yogurt, ate fresh made bread and cooked religiously from the “Vegetarian Epicure.” We believed that avoiding meat was a rebellious act and proselytized respect for the sanctity of animal life. We bolstered these arguments with statistics on how eliminating livestock would free up arable land for grain production which would feed exponentially more of the earth’s hungry people. Not to mention the reduced greenhouse emissions which would result from fewer flatulating cows. (more…)


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 I was about 6 years old when I learned the 10 Commandments for the first time in Sunday school. These moral teachings, delivered by Moses at Mt. Sinai as directives from God, have become accepted as the moral underpinnings of our modern society. Although Judeo-Christian teachings from the Bible, the 10 Commandments include such universal strictures as “Thou shalt not kill, commit adultery or steal” and “Thou shall honor thy father and mother”, such that people of all religions basically subscribe to them.

These moral teachings, and the modern laws which have evolved from them, have governed my life for 59 years. Laws are basically the rules which enable our society to maintain order and protect the rights of all. Thus, laws which achieve these objectives endure to protect our freedoms and enable us to grow individually and as a society.

Despite my life-long acceptance of these rules, the 10th Commandment has struck me as unacceptably demeaning from the first time I heard it. This is the one which reads: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.”

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