Friday, 5 May 2023

'Wokeness' then and now: FORWARD THINKERS


Sarah, Ontario librarian,

Dined on vegan repasts (vegetarian),

"Though some find it contrary,

I'll consume eggs and dairy,

But eat meat? That's no treat — it's vulgarian."
"That's my personal take (not Ontarian)."

Authors' Note: The author, an Ontario anapestrian, has not eaten meat in two decades. The restaurant scene in Ontario, as in some other world-wide destinations, has gradually become more hospitable to vegan and vegetarian preferences, such as Sarah's and the author's. This development can be attributed in part to our influx of newcomers from south and east Asia. Meat-eaters can still be readily accommodated, however.

                                                                                   #120748, approved May 2023   
Authors' Note: Liberal thinking seized Europe towards the middle of the nineteenth century. Emboldened by the partial successes of the politically-targeted Chartists, intellectuals were drawn to idealistic social movements such as communitarianism. According to Wikipedia, John Goodwyn Barmby (1820 – 1881), one of its principals, introduced the term 'communist', based on the French le communisme and founded a revue called The Communist Chronicle. Seeking a spiritual path, he later founded the Communist Church, a sect that had congregations numbering in the teens at its peak. When the church folded in 1849, Barmby became active as a Unitarian minister.

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