This web site is concerned with a number of subjects, often very different, but with the unifying theme of “compassion.”
- Limits to growth and ecological economics
- Vegetarianism and veganism
- Simple living and nonviolence
Ecological economics and limits to growth — why are we interested?
- Because we need a U-turn in environmental policy, including difficult-to-implement and fundamental social changes, which need to happen at the individual, local, national, and international levels
- Because the peak of world oil production likely occurred in 2018, and our leaders and most of the public are completely oblivious to the catastrophic economic consequences this will have
- Because we are now experiencing the greatest mass extinction of plant and animal species since the mass extinction of the dinosaurs sixty-five million years ago, this time due to human activity
- Because deforestation, soil erosion, habitat destruction, pollution, global warming are ripping apart the ecosystem, and this cannot fail to affect human beings at some point
Simple Living and Nonviolence — why are we interested?
- Because we live in a materialistic culture which emphasizes consumption
- Because this consumption is rapidly destroying the environment which supports life
- Because our culture makes it difficult to live simply — because simple living is so “complex”
- Because environmental destruction, climate change, and resource depletion will become a major social issue within the next few decades
- Because the twentieth century had more violence between humans than any other century in history
- Because we face a highly divided, heavily armed world with increasingly contentious environmental issues coming to the forefront
Vegetarianism / Veganism — why are we concerned?
- Because a vegetarian or vegan diet is much healthier; vegetarians and especially vegans have dramatically reduced risk for heart disease, cancer and other degenerative diseases — diseases which have led to medical expenses which are spiraling out of control in the U. S. A.
- Because a vegetarian, and especially a vegan diet, requires only a fraction of land resources such as soil, water, forests, and energy, which are now being devastated by the world’s meat-eating habits
- Because nine billion animals are needlessly killed each year in the U. S. A. alone
- Because these animals, killed for food, do not live easy lives, often cooped up in “factory farms,” nor do they die easy deaths
Jesus and the Ebionites — why are we interested?
- Because Jesus preached a message of simple living and nonviolence, a message which the world needs, and which the “Christian” countries which are responsible for most of the cars, consumerism, meat-eating, fossil fuel usage, and environmental devastation in the world need especially urgently
- Because too much of Christianity is silent about, or actually rejects, Jesus’ message of simple living and nonviolence
- Because the message of simple living and nonviolence was preserved best by those early Christians who were Jewish — the “Ebionites,” or “the poor,” who practiced simple living, pacifism, and vegetarianism
- Because disillusionment with Christianity is increasing by leaps and bounds
P. S. I took the photo of the bridge (at the very top of this page and other pages) in the fall of 2011 at Cumberland Mountain State Park in Tennessee.