Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - January 24, 2023
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Looking for a Moral Compass: The Golden Rule
  3. All-Creatures.Org Ministry

1. Activist Feedback

Leaflet star Rick Hershey writes:

I handed out 3150 CVA booklets at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL mostly to kids for Winter Jam. The crowd was huge and people were receptive. The weather was nice, and there was zero hassle.

Please contact Lorena at lorenavalenziveg@gmail.com if you can help leaflet. The CVA will contribute $25/hr. to the veg. or animal advocacy group of your choice!

2. Looking for a Moral Compass: The Golden Rule

Nearly all religions, including Christianity, encourage people to abide by the Golden Rule – treat others as you would like to be treated (Matthew 7:12). I think this is a very good guideline, assuming that one’s needs and desires resemble those of other people. I consider other general principles, which people might find useful.

One rubric is to seek to be compassionate. In trying to understand what others are feeling, we become more likely to attend to their needs and desires. However, this can require considerable mental work, and psychologically it can be draining to imagine what other individuals, some of whom are suffering greatly, are feeling.

Another option is to be kind. A difficulty is that our money, time, and other resources are limited, and we can’t be kind to everyone. Perhaps better is to aim to not be unkind. This strikes me as quite easy intellectually, and it helps us avoid the strong tendency to rationalize actions that serve our own interest while harming others.

So, I suggest a recipe for moral action is to be kind when we can, and to not be unkind always. The result will generally accord with the Golden Rule, and I have no dispute with those who find the Golden Rule most helpful. If taken seriously, the implications of these guidelines for human activity are profound. For starters, it seems impossible to justify the harmful exploitation of nonhumans except in the most extreme circumstances (e.g., if one were facing starvation). It would also encourage respectful dialogue of difficult social issues, which would help us make sound choices and help build strong communities in which people want to help each other. Cancel culture, about which I lamented several months ago, would be a thing of the past.

It is one thing to have guidelines for moral actions. It is another to want to be moral. How might people come to desire moral behavior? I will begin to explore this question next.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

3. From All-Creatures.Org Ministry

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