Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - March 8, 2022
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Living in Peace - A Human Challenge
  3. All-Creatures.Org Ministry

1. Activist Feedback

Rick Hershey writes:

I handed out 1600 CVA booklets at Gas South Arena in Duluth, GA [near Atlanta] for Winter Jam. As usual, most of the booklets went to kids. The rain stopped after the first half hour. One woman in line kindly offered me an extra ticket that she had to the event.

2. Living in Peace - A Human Challenge

If we seek to generate communities of love, compassion, respect, and peace, it will be helpful to examine how humans learned to live peaceably. Natural selection favors helping our kin, with whom we share substantial amount of genetic material, and it also favors helping those members of our community who will similarly help us if we were in need. It is possible that a major driving force in the development of the enlarged and more capable human brain was a need to learn which members of one’s community are trustworthy and which ones are not. Anthropologists have estimated that primal human communities had a maximum size of about 150 persons, after which it was hard to identify and recall with accuracy who should be trusted.

Fast forward to today’s society, in which many people live among a million strangers. Many of our interactions are with people we will never see again. We are unable to enforce trustworthiness with the implicit threat that, if they deceive us, they will come to regret their deception if they come later to us for assistance. And, the threat of violence toward those who commit acts of deceit is not conducive to peaceful living. Large communities often use laws enforced by the government to prevent dishonest dealings, but this is a very imperfect tool. It is too costly to apply to everyday interactions. Also, there are kinds of misrepresentation that do not lend themselves well to legal remedies, such as a promise of fidelity to a lover or the claim by a salesperson that a product will improve the buyer’s quality of life.

We need goodwill for a large group of people to live peaceably with each other. I will consider source(s) of goodwill next. Ultimately, I will relate sociological reflections to biblical insights on the challenge for humans to live together peacefully.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

3. From All-Creatures.Org Ministry

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