Living in the early 21st century is becoming more and more like watching a bad movie… unfortunately, one in which you can’t leave the theatre.
One of the great failings – indeed, bitter tragedies – of our present age is that today’s education is not passing on the soul of society from one generation to another, but rather bludgeoning it to death, or at least, into unrecognizability.
No, I am not of the Roman observance. But I have a great deal of respect and admiration for Benedict XVI, and I love this statement and agree with it 100%!
There is more than a little truth to this.
Although there is also considerable truth in one commenter’s assertion that, “For the ‘woke’ historian, to the East-West Schism (1054).”
While I understand, and even (to a point) sympathize with, those who choose – for a number of ethical and health-related reasons – to adopt a vegetarian diet, I object to those who attempt to force that lifestyle on the rest of us.
So I found the lower two responses to the upper billboard quite amusing! I tend to fall into the second (lower right) category, although a) I wouldn’t be trying to “bang a hot vegan chick,” and b) it wouldn’t take an economic crisis for me to enjoy a nice dish of hassenpfeffer!
Nota Bene: While I view vegetarianism – especially ovo-, lacto-, and piscato-vegetarianism – as legitimate dietary preferences, I have more issues with veganism, for several reasons.
First, from a physiological and health viewpoint: we are, biologically, anatomically, and ecologically, predatory omnivores. We have more in common, in that regard, with bears or raccoons than we do with horses, cows, or sheep.
That is simple reality, as can be determined from observation of our stereoscopic (hunter, not prey) vision, our dentition (mix of carnivorous and herbivorous teeth), and our digestive system, which is clearly designed to digest both animal proteins and fats, and plant matter – but not exclusively the latter.
By attempting to adopt a plant-only diet, with no supplementation from animal foods at all, we are denying our nature (some would say, our God-given nature). That rarely if ever ends well.
In this context, it is perhaps worth noting that while there have been successful vegetarian societies, historically, there has been no known successful vegan society. That may be because there are nutrients essential not only to our health, but to our reproduction, that come only from animal sources.
Secondly, vegans are more likely to be ideological extremists than are vegetarians who also supplement with dairy, eggs, or fish. And as I indicated above, it is one thing to recognize that someone may choose a particular lifestyle or diet; it is another to have them trying to force that choice on you!
… most recently, a restaurant (The Red Hen) in Lexington, Virginia, which refused service to Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders; Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was hounded out of a restaurant by hecklers earlier in the week. On this occasion Nielsen was having a working meal with staff; but earlier she had to deal with protesters outsider her very home! And Sanders was simply trying to have a nice dinner with her family.
Can you imagine if similar officials in the Obama administration had been similarly treated? The elite-o-sphere would be ablaze with accusations of racism, bigotry, Nazism, and who-knows-what else!
At any rate, here’s Speaker Gingrich:
I think he’s right; unfortunately, dying beasts can do a lot of damage with their death throes…