Never allow your wanton desires to interfere with the basic needs and interests of others and live simply so others may simply live
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Letterman Interviews President Obama
Wrapping up a blitz of TV appearances on Sunday, trying to build support for his health care plan, President Obama appeared on CBS's Late Night Show with David Letterman. Though he had been on the show five times before, it was the first time a sitting president appeared with Letterman.
After the taping of the show, President Obama returned to his hotel in midtown Manhattan, emerging later in gym clothes and a baseball cap to play some basketball with his aides in the church across the street.
The progress of social justice is slow and measured. Its growth depends on an increasing number of us becoming aware of the truth and consequences of our actions.
I believe that it is morally wrong to allow our wanton desires to interfere with the basic needs and interests of other sentient beings.
I believe the physical and psychological abuse – confinement, social deprivation, mutilation, genetic and reproductive manipulation, and profit exploitation – imposed by us on other animals is morally wrong.
I believe the suggestion that the exploitation of other sentient beings by humans can be achieved without cruelty, violence, or injustice is false and misleading.
As an advocate for all life, committed to compassion and justice, I refuse to take part in the exploitation of other sentient beings or to collaborate with those caught up in such injustice.
I pledge to do my best to live a life that conveys a clear, sincere and uncompromised message that is free of resentment, fear, exploitation, anger, cynicism, and manipulation.
Furthermore, I pledge to continue to support a broad range of nonviolent initiatives and programs that will hopefully one day eliminate the needless pain and suffering we inflict upon all the many wonderful creatures with whom we share this planet.