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“The Birth of Hacksaw Ridge”: The Inspirational Story of a Devout Hero

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“The Birth of Hacksaw Ridge”: The Inspirational Story of a Devout Hero

“The Birth of Hacksaw Ridge: How It All Began” by Gregory Crosby and Gene Church is a book about the childhood and teenage years of Desmond Doss, a much-admired and well-known hero of the 20th century who served as a combat medic in the US Army. This is a beautiful story about how he adhered to his principles as a Christian and saved many lives without lifting a weapon. Corporal Desmond T. Doss was the first “conscientious objector” to receive America’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, which was presented to him by His Excellency President Harry Truman in Washington, D.C., on October 12, 1945. An evangelical Christian with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, he studied the Bible regularly and knew God had a plan for him. Seventh-day Adventists believe their bodies to be the temples of the Holy Spirit, therefore, it is important for them to receive plenty of plant-based nutrition and exercise. They abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages and ingesting harmful addictive substances. Despite his religious beliefs, he refused to avoid being drafted into military service. He enlisted as a medic, but refused to work on the Sabbath or to train with a gun. Overcoming tremendous odds, Desmond Doss rescued 75 injured soldiers at Hacksaw Ridge in Okinawa, Japan, single-handedly dragging them one by one to the edge of a 400-foot (120-meter) steep slope to be lowered to safety. No matter how great the danger, he was willing to go after a wounded comrade. Desmond’s faith in God was rewarded. He never once fired a shot, but became the hero of heroes. The same soldiers who had humiliated him now praised him. His life story is one of personal conviction, integrity, and selfless love. In his later life, he led programs to benefit veterans and others which are detailed in the 2004 documentary, “The Conscientious Objector.” “Hacksaw Ridge” won the 2017 Academy Awards for Best Editing and Best Sound Mixing, and was nominated for four other categories, including Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Film.
Uplifting Literature
2022-04-23   251 Views
Uplifting Literature
2022-04-23

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: An Extraordinary Moral Tale

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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: An Extraordinary Moral Tale

Born on January 29, 1962, in Sulechow, Poland, Olga Nawoja Tokarczuk is one of Poland’s most successful and beloved novelists. In 2018, she received the Man Booker International Prize for the English translation of “Flights.” For her “narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life,” she was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature. Olga is also an animal-people’s rights activist and a vegetarian. Olga Tokarczuk’s 2009 novel “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead” is written as a detective story while addressing issues regarding the treatment of animal-people by humans. The heading of each chapter is a William Blake quotation, selected from his poems to emphasize the importance of being close to the natural world. Explaining the message of her book, Olga Tokarczuk said: The deeper subject of this book, despite this criminal plot, hunting, and description of the Polish province, is morality. Olga writes in the first person, so the story is told through Janina’s point of view as she becomes involved in various criminal investigations. It asks the reader: What does it mean to be a human, or to be an animal-person, and what distinctions can be made between the two? Why is it a “sport” to take the lives of people from the deer kingdom yet “murder” to kill a human person? The book mentions that one can know a country by how it treats its animals. In an interview with the Nobel Prize, Olga Tokarczuk spoke about how the issue of sustainability appears in her work. “And after this book, many people told me that they became vegetarian, so it’s really something.” In 2017, “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead” was made into the film “Spoor,” which won the Alfred Bauer Prize at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. American novelist, journalist, and Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx described this novel as: “Tokarczuk’s novel is funny, vivid, dangerous, and disturbing, and it raises some fierce questions about human behavior.”
Uplifting Literature
2022-04-15   339 Views
Uplifting Literature
2022-04-15

Understanding Animal-people Emotions: Books by Dr. Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (vegan), Part 2 of 2

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Understanding Animal-people Emotions: Books by Dr. Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (vegan), Part 2 of 2

Dr. Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is an ardent vegan and animal-people rights advocate. Since the early 1990s, he has written a number of books on the emotional life of animal-people and explored our relationship to the people from the animal kingdom. “I was visiting an animal sanctuary called ‘Animal Place’ in Northern California. It was a couple who started it, Kim Sturla and Ned Buyukmihci. When animals are on a sanctuary, they’re very different. They recognize that they’re safe. They are much happier, it’s obvious. And then I had the same experience with a cow once. And I wandered in, and they said, ‘Well, we have a model dairy, and we’d like you to visit.’ And I suddenly stopped, and I said, ‘What’s that terrible sound I hear?’ It sounded like screaming. ‘That’s a mother cow that’s calling her calf.’ She said, ‘Well she’s just given birth, and we need her milk, and she wants to give the milk to her calf.’ I mean, it was just obvious to anybody that it was cruel. When you realize the amount of suffering involved in any animal agriculture of any kind, it’s immense.” “I thought ‘The Face on Your Plate’ maybe wasn’t the best title because people don’t like to think that there’s a face on their plate, but there is, clearly. I mean, there’s a being there who’s been slaughtered for your pleasure. ‘Fish are cold-blooded; they don’t feel anything.’ That’s completely false and we know that now. Culum Brown, a very well-known scientist, professor of biology, has talked about fish emotions, and fish cognition, and fish memory, and he said fish have enormous memories. They have to, to be able to navigate and stay with the flock.” “Well, my wish for humanity was to stop denial. But if you can’t do that, at least change, make a change; it’s not so difficult. And every country I’ve been in the last few years, there are more and more vegan restaurants, there are more and more people interested in it – it’s a movement that will not die. Sooner or later, the world will go vegan. I’m sure of it.”
Uplifting Literature
2022-04-08   288 Views
Uplifting Literature
2022-04-08

Understanding Animal-people Emotions: Books by Dr. Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (vegan), Part 1 of 2

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Understanding Animal-people Emotions: Books by Dr. Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (vegan), Part 1 of 2

An epiphany led him to give up both his professorship and his analytic career in the early 1990s. Dr. Jeffrey Masson has since written a number of books on the emotional life of animal-people and explored our relationship to the animal-people kingdom. “So that began, I think, about 25 years ago. I started researching for a book that eventually came to be called ‘When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals.’ The book became a surprising bestseller, New York Times bestseller.” Dr. Masson’s book, “When Elephants Weep,” shows the complex emotional lives of animal-people in a way that can change the way the reader views these precious beings forever. “I think I became fascinated by the emotional lives of animals partly because it was so hard to understand the emotions of humans. They’re much more, I was about to say, complex, but I don’t think it’s more complex. They’re more devious. Dogs don’t pretend to hate you when they really love you, or pretend to love you when they really don’t.” “I called it ‘The Pig Who Sang to the Moon,’ and it was about the emotional lives of animals who ‘live’ – ‘live in,’ in quotation marks, on a farm because it’s not much of a life – and that’s what I discovered. I do not believe you can live on a farm, take care of animals, claim you love them, and then kill them one day, or send them off to be slaughtered. That, I mean the word ‘slaughter’ and love just don’t go together, and I realized that.” “The most important lesson we can learn from animals is simply that we are animals, too. We’re a different kind of animal. In some ways, we have qualities that surpass theirs; in some ways, they have qualities that surpass ours. But it’s really true: every animal lives in the moment. Animals don’t obsess about things they’ve done or things they’re going to do. It’s what they’re doing right now, and that is a lesson for us.”
Uplifting Literature
2022-03-30   425 Views
Uplifting Literature
2022-03-30

“Freedom from Fear”: Her Excellency Aung San Suu Kyi’s Collected Writings

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“Freedom from Fear”: Her Excellency Aung San Suu Kyi’s Collected Writings

Welcome to our show introducing “Freedom from Fear,” the collected writings by Her Excellency Aung San Suu Kyi, the beloved democratic icon and political leader in Myanmar, and a celebrated Nobel Peace Prize recipient. The book we introduce today, titled “Freedom From Fear,” was assembled and edited by her late husband Michael Aris and published in 1991, with additional material included in a 1995 edition. “Freedom From Fear” is divided into three parts. “Part One – The Inheritance” includes four articles. The first one, “My Father,” is a biographical portrait of Major General Bogyoke Aung San, the beloved national hero who dedicated his life to the independence of Myanmar. The next article, “My Country and People,” goes on to introduce many aspects of her country: the influence of Theravada Buddhism, and the people in Myanmar – their food, festivals, crafts, and arts, as well as beautiful Myanmar women wearing thanakha, a popular traditional beauty treatment. The third article in Part One of the book is a sophisticated research paper on the comparative study about intellectual life in Myanmar and India under colonialism. Finding a strong link between nationalism and intellectual development, Her Excellency Suu Kyi’s research is further illustrated in the next article, “Literature and Nationalism in Burma.” “Part Two – The Struggle” consists of a selection of documents composed by Aung San Suu Kyi, including “Freedom from Fear,” which commemorates the European Parliament’s award of the 1990 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. In these writings, we can see that Aung San Suu Kyi shares her father’s ideologies and is deeply influenced by Buddhism and Mahatma Gandhi, the “great apostle of non-violence” from India. After almost six years of detainment, Aung San Suu Kyi was released in July 1995. With “no resentment against anybody for anything,” her chosen response was forgiveness, reconciliation, and dialogue. In her first press conference, she gave the following statement, which is included in Part Three of the book: “I have always believed that the future stability and happiness of our nation depends entirely on the readiness of all parties to work towards reconciliation. […] Dialogue has undoubtedly been the key to a happy resolution of long-festering problems.”
Uplifting Literature
2022-03-13   300 Views
Uplifting Literature
2022-03-13

"Food Is Climate": Interview with Glen Merzer (vegan), Part 2 of 2

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"Food Is Climate": Interview with Glen Merzer (vegan), Part 2 of 2

We now continue our interview with Glen Merzer, as he elaborates on the science and the historical evidence concerning animal-people livestock raising, the leading cause of climate change. “This is the cover of “Food is Climate.” We know that all that area, including this Sahara, used to be forest. Did it turn into a desert a million years ago? No, it turned into a desert in the last 10,000 years. This was done by animal agriculture. And we have to stop it before we do it to the rest of the Earth.” “Now think of the current pandemic that we’re going through. There are two theories about why we have this COVID-19 pandemic. Either way, if we had left the bats alone, we wouldn’t be suffering this problem, and this is a huge problem. How many millions of people are going to die because of this pandemic? How many people are going to lose their jobs, or already have lost their jobs, because of the pandemic? So, we need to leave the Earth alone; the biodiversity will come back, the water cycle will be restored, the air will be restored, and our climate emergency will end if we just do the simple thing of realizing that we shouldn’t be eating animals in the first place. It’s not how we’re designed. It’ll be good for the planet and the Earth will heal itself. That is the only solution to the climate crisis.” Dr. Sailesh Rao, director of Climate Healers, a vegan and a Shining World Award for Earth Protection Laureate, has stated that if we don’t mitigate the climate crisis by 2026, then we will reach a tipping point where we cannot do much more in the way of preventative measures. “Dr. Rao has put a target date of 2026 of turning the world vegan. And that’s a difficult task, but we have to try. And then the politicians will follow.” “And we need animal agriculture to fold in order for the Earth to heal itself. And so, I say to all your listeners: Please, if you’re not vegan already, go vegan. There are many reasons to go vegan: for your health, for the environment, for the animals. But now there’s one reason above all: in order to breathe.”
Uplifting Literature
2022-02-04   484 Views
Uplifting Literature
2022-02-04

"Food Is Climate": Interview with Glen Merzer (vegan), Part 1 of 2

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"Food Is Climate": Interview with Glen Merzer (vegan), Part 1 of 2

Glen Merzer is a playwright, screenwriter, and author. His new book, “Food Is Climate: A Response to Al Gore, Bill Gates, Paul Hawken, and the Conventional Narrative on Climate Change,” addresses the climate emergency threatening civilization, as well as the key to solving this urgent problem. “Animal agriculture causes about 87% of the global warming greenhouse gases. And methane is up to 120 times as powerful a greenhouse gas as carbon dioxide. The animal waste gives off methane and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is 300 times as powerful a greenhouse gas as carbon dioxide. But the pasture maintenance fires bring carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and they degrade the soil. And we’re turning that land slowly into desert.” “Food is what determines our land use. We have a climate emergency now, and the solution is to leave as much of the Earth alone as we can. But how can we do that? And the grazing land is actually 37% of the non-ice land surface of the Earth. And if we didn’t eat fish, then we can leave the oceans alone. If we just eat plant foods, which are the healthiest foods for the human body, we can leave 80% of the Earth alone, and the climate will heal.” In August 2021, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a new report about the planetary situation. “Now, the Earth used to have 6 trillion trees. And it now has about 3 trillion trees. The leading cause of deforestation is animal agriculture. And once the forests come back on the grazing land, they will sequester more carbon dioxide than we’re currently emitting, and the soil will get healthier, and the soil stores twice as much carbon as the trees.” All information concerning the scientific evidence of climate change and its solution is in Supreme Master Ching Hai’s Book, “From Crisis to Peace.” As Glen Merzer highlights in “Food Is Climate,” it is paramount for us as individuals to adopt plant-based diets in order to reverse global warming. “Well, we can’t wait for the politicians or the policymakers. So, we the people have to lead. We have to just stop the demand for meat. That’s the only solution.”
Uplifting Literature
2022-01-28   639 Views
Uplifting Literature
2022-01-28

Growing Green International Magazine: Interview with Editor Tony Martin (vegan)

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Growing Green International Magazine: Interview with Editor Tony Martin (vegan)

Tony Martin is the editor of “Growing Green International,” a magazine published twice a year by the British educational charity Vegan Organic Network. Established in 1996, Vegan Organic Network strives for food to be grown the “veganic” way, or vegan and organic. “Veganic gardening is growing without any pesticides or without any animal input such as manures, blood, bone, fish meal, etc.” Tony Martin has been leading a compassionate vegan lifestyle for more than 35 years. “There are various benefits of avoiding animal products. For instance, you won’t have heard of ‘mad carrot disease,’ but you’ve certainly heard of mad cow disease, chickenpox, and other diseases, where bacteria/viruses get mutated and take host in humans – so there’s that risk. There’s also the risk of animal manures containing large amounts of bacteria, which can cause salmonella, for instance, if salads, etc. aren’t cleaned properly. And it’s not just the fact that it’s the suffering of the animals that goes in there, but a lot of these animals are treated regularly with antibiotics and other nasties, which will then end up in the food chain.” There are many safer plant-based methods to fertilize crops, such as vegan composting. “And grass clippings are high in nitrogen, which is one of the important resources that we need for vegan compost. Insects and worms in the garden can be very beneficial to growing. In nature, there is a balance. ‘No-dig’ appeals to vegans because you’re not harming animals. From a nutritional point of view, some of the easiest things to grow are things like spinach, peas, etc.” Supreme Master Ching Hai frequently encourages growing vegan produce, such as in the following lecture, given in 2008 in France. “Okay, so now, you try to plant those vegetables that bear fruits, like beans, pumpkins and stuff, cucumbers, those things that bear fruit and simple, easy. So it becomes a habit. And then you will eat your own produce, and it’s also good for the time being because we’re short of food everywhere. In case something happens, you will have sufficient food for yourself.”
Uplifting Literature
2022-01-21   429 Views
Uplifting Literature
2022-01-21
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