From WILLIAM EDELEN
The Contrary Minister
Albert Speer was the most trusted of Hitler’s inner circle. In reading his “notes” lately I came across this scene. The war is over. Speer is in prison. An intelligence “counselor” is in his cell. The counselor confronts Speer with this question: “Speer, tell me what is it that makes you cry? Have you ever cried Speer? I want to know “what makes you cry?” Speer gave no answer.
That question haunted me. What makes us cry is a clue to who we are and what we are as a human being. My mind went to a statement by Albert Schweitzer that has also haunted me over the years: “A man is moral, and ethical, only when all of life is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as well as that of his fellow man.This is the absolute principle of the moral and ethical.”
So, I knew, I know, one thing… what it is that makes me cry. I know when I cry.
I CRY… reading about a “fighting dog” wandering along a highway in intense pain, with his head split open by an ax by a “so called” human being, who could no longer use him for fighting.
I CRY… when I see dead whales and dolphins washed up on shore as a result of the Sonar testing by the Navy… testing that has been well documented as not needed.
I CRY… when I see big, strong, “brave” men clubbing a little precious baby seal to death. While the baby is crying they are pounding his little head into mush… while they laugh at this “celebration” of baby seal clubbing.
I CRY… when I see that majestic and beautiful elephant made to look like a clown and fool at the circus..walking around a circle on his hind legs with front legs on another in front of him…with men with steel hooks walking close by to inflict pain.
I CRY… when living in Northern Indiana my little children were taken to a hog slaughter house by their teacher as an “educational trip.”.. and all three came home crying almost out of control at what they had seen as pigs were slaughtered.
I CRY… remembering when I was a young boy in West Texas, sitting on a corral fence behind my grandparents home. I watched cowboys “breaking” horses with their sides cut and bleeding due to the use of the spurs on the “breakers” boots.
I CRY.. remembering what I have read about the unbelievable torture that dog food companies put their “test” animals through in their labs.
I CRY… when I read the stories from good friends of mine in Nebraska who work almost full time in animal rescue. They are doing such an excellent job that they have received outstanding state and federal grants. They have gone to court many times and have never lost a case of animal abuse or neglect.
I could write ten columns on what we do to “family” pets. One day about 25 years ago my wife and I visited “friends.” Their ten year old son came into the living room, grabbed the family cat by the tail and started swinging the cat around his head… with the cat screaming… and the parents laughing.
I said “do you allow that?” The father said, “oh he is just having fun… its only a cat.” We left.
I came across a wonderful essay recently with a title of Just A Dog. Author unknown. A few of my favorite lines: “if you think its just a dog you will understand phrases like, oh well… ‘just a friend…’ ‘just a sunrise…’ ‘just a promise…’ ‘just a mountain…’ ‘just the ocean…’ ‘just a dog brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy…’ ‘just a dog…’ makes me a better person.”
Put these thoughts on your fridge door.
“The morality of a nation can be judged by how they treat their animals” ~Gandhi
“A MAN IS MORAL AND ETHICAL ONLY WHEN ALL LIFE IS SACRED TO HIM…PLANTS AND ANIMALS AS WELL AS HIS FELLOW MAN.” -Albert Schweitzer
Albert Speer was asked: “What makes you cry?”
That is also my question to you… now.