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Undercover Investigators: The Real Heroes

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 in Writing | 0 comments

There are real life Jude Brannocks in the world. In this video an undercover investigator with The Humane Society of the United States snatches a few secretive moments to give an injured sow perhaps the only kindness she has ever known.     In preparation for The Chain, I was fortunate to speak with two other investigators. Having done undercover work as a private investigator myself, I know how difficult it can be to maintain your role in the face of unpredictable events. But for these animal welfare investigators, they must not only maintain their cover, but do it when the emotional cost runs unbearably high – as witnesses every day to the pain and fear of animals in factory farms and slaughterhouses. No one at the end of the day to offer comfort. Just get some sleep and...

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The Power of Story

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Writing | 1 comment

“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.” – Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass.   So beseeches the Gryphon to Alice – and with plenty of history and evidence to support his plea. Aristotle claimed that reading fiction (i.e. the epics of Homer, Sophocles, and Euripides) is a more serious business than history. He argued that history tells us what has happened, whereas fiction tells us what might happen, which stretches our imaginations and gives us insight into ourselves and others. More recently, Martha Nussbaum, author of Poetic Justice, writes that reading fiction puts us in the role of sympathetic spectator and helps make us better citizens in relation to issues such as justice in society. She argues that what we really mean by justice is not simply applying the rules...

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