Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - March 12, 2020
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)


  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Truth and the Human Mind
  3. All-Creatures.Org Ministry

1. Activist Feedback

Rick Hershey, who leafleted with Chip at Winter Jam at Bossier City, LA,
writes: Chip and I handed out 2600 CVA booklets at CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, mostly
to kids. One attendee told me that her bible tells her to kill animals. 99+% of the attendees were polite and friendly.

Additional Activist Opportunity

In addition to the list of activist opportunities in last week’s e-newsletter, we will have a CVA table at the San Diego Earth Fair on April 19. Please contact Lorena at [email protected] if you can help at this or any other opportunity.


2. Truth and the Human Mind

Extensive, reliable science has informed us that we are descendants of people who lived on the savannas of Africa. Our minds are not designed to discern truth from falsity, but rather to help us survive and thrive in that world. While correctly ascertaining truth is often helpful, frequently false beliefs have been adaptive.

Many misconceptions derive from the human tendency to identify with a particular tribe. Our tribes sometimes have biological bases, and they always have socially constructed elements such as remote blood relationships, geographic proximity, ethnicity, country, religion, or political ideology. We tend to see “our” tribe as having desirable attributes and worthy of special status, and it is tempting to regard other tribes as inferior and contemptible.

Tribalism has inspired acts of great kindness and compassion, at least toward members of one’s own tribe. However, human history also features conflicts between tribes, resulting in countless wars, oppressions, and many less violent forms of unjust and hurtful mistreatment.

I plan to explore tribalism in the next couple of essays, first looking at the problem of “whiteness” as articulated by the profound thinker James Baldwin and then drawing parallels to the problem of speciesism. I will argue that, just as racism has been a curse for America and threatens our democracy, speciesism is a curse for humanity and threatens the survival of human civilization.

Stephen R. Kaufman, MD


3. All-Creatures.Org Ministry


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