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From: Leslie ( -
Subject: Re: New job, conflict?
Date: August 18, 2007 at 2:54 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: New job, conflict? posted by Jo Stepaniak on August 18, 2007 at 2:21 pm:

Jo, that IS weird. I could never never do that and I don't see at all how he is helping the vegan cause.

I never really thought about this before, at first I figured "humane" meat was a step in the right direction because it is a step toward consciousness. Most people are completely unconscious about what they do, eat, wear, consume. On one hand, isn't SOME awareness better than nothing? On the other, I so agree that people who kept to their ethics no matter what made so much difference -- M. L. King and Gandhi. They are immortal for that very reason.

I have discovered that this lifestyle brings with it a large array of grays. There really are no black and whites. I wish the world was a Utopia, but it isn't. We live in a world so full of contradictions and so full of cruelty that it has become "normal" and compassion is considered weird and abnormal. In a sense it is a burden to always be questioning, and searching for answers, sometimes I just need to escape.

My husband brought up a good point, that by being a cashier I would not be making a profit from the sales, but just handling as a go-between. I don't know if that's good enough. But I do shop there, and at Fred Meyer, and those stores sell animal products, so support them in some way, so where, oh where, is the line? At first I was excited about working at a HEALTH FOOD STORE!! Then this issue raised its ugly head and now I'm discombobulated.

You know, I probably won't do it. I thought I'd take a printed copy of that article to the person who hired me and tell her I had second thoughts that were prompted by this article. They just put that stuff in within the last couple of months, and what's worse is I think I know where they're getting it, from a farm a couple of miles away from here where I pass by several times a week, checking out the babies and the cows, feeling for them. I go back and forth. But since I don't desperately need the money, only to pay some extra bills and help out with the finances, I think I'll go back to work in the framing industry, or something that absolutely does not conflict with my ethics. Geez, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

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