“When Old Traditions Elsewhere Create New Traditions Here”
By Paul Schulman
In June, Yulin, China held a dog meat festival where they believed that suffering dogs being boiled alive is healthier for them. SHAME ON THEM! In less than two months, Pakistan will repent for its sins by slitting the throats of camels… SHAME ON THEM! In three months, we in the USA, will be slitting the throats of turkeys to show our thanks for who-knows-what. SHAME ON US!
Maybe we should be thankful that we live in America and have certain freedoms that people don’t have elsewhere, honor the animals, Native Americans, African Americans, Jews who fled their countries after the war, immigrants from other countries, and others who have just as much of a right to celebrate being here as anyone else. Maybe we should celebrate the lives of turkeys just like we care about dogs and cats. Just because people have always done bad things to each other and to animals, does not make it okay to continue. If you want to follow traditions, make new ones. Thanksgiving – Give thanks for our freedoms, our lives, etc. by actually giving and sharing love and kindness with others… Having these views doesn’t make me a liberal; Nor does it make me extreme. I do what is right because it is right. No political or religious doctrines have to tell me right from wrong. There is no greater sense of freedom that we can attain for ourselves than by granting those same freedoms to others. Peace begins on our plates.