I asked my Tuesday class whether they had heard of Pete Seeger...none of them had. And that made me ever sadder.
It may be that some of you are not familiar with him. If so...here is one of the numerous pieces about his death and here's another. He made beautiful and meaningful music and he stood up against power and he stood up for those being treated unjustly. Even if he didn't make it all the way through to becoming a vegan...I have no doubt he would have at some point or other.
I've sort of had my eye out for something written about him that was worthy of him and here's a piece written back in 1990 that does a very good job.
What does this have to do with animals? Nothing and everything. Pete Seeger has fought the power for a long time. Summoned before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1955, he pleaded not the Fifth but the First Amendment. He declared that he had the right to discuss (and sing about) politics with whomever he pleased. In 2003, as the nation prepared to invade Iraq, an 84 year-old man stood by himself on a cold, snowy street corner in Beacon, New York holding a hand-painted sign that simply said: “Peace.” As Bruce Springsteen observed, Seeger’s life and work has been all about driving a “stealth dagger into the heart of our illusions about ourselves and our country.”Mr. Springsteen's observance about driving a dagger into the heart of illusion is also a fitting statement about the job of every vegan. It is our task to puncture humankind's illusion of superiority and dominance and freedom to harm without consequence that characterizes how most behave toward our fellow Earthlings. I will forever believe Pete would have understood and sympathized. RIP Mr. Seeger...we are all lessened by your not being here.