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Learning Unconditional Love From Animals

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This is not mere rhetoric. Our survival and the survival of countless species is at stake today. It all boils down to this vital question that we are called to ask ourselves on a daily basis: The next time you have a choice whether to harm or help

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Monday June 24, 2013, 12:53 pm
Beautiful story-thanks

Christeen A (368)
Monday June 24, 2013, 1:00 pm
Thank you for sharing this wonderful story.

Sue Matheson (79)
Monday June 24, 2013, 1:21 pm

Monday June 24, 2013, 2:26 pm
Wonderful story, animals can certainly teach us humans a lot. Noted thanks Cher

Laurie B (93)
Monday June 24, 2013, 2:57 pm
Amazing, many humans sure need to take some lessons! Thank you

Carol H (229)
Monday June 24, 2013, 3:28 pm
animals are awesome!!!

Ruth C (87)
Monday June 24, 2013, 3:51 pm
People have sooooo much to learn from animals!

. (0)
Monday June 24, 2013, 5:19 pm
Make sure you always help. These animals need us so much just want to be loved. In return so reap much more than we give.

M. (Moo) Prince (16)
Monday June 24, 2013, 8:04 pm
Noted! Thanks for sharing this wonderful beautiful story. I love all the animals.

Ruth R (246)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 12:11 am
I love whales -- from a distance -- so far.
Beautiful story!

'About a week ago, after giving a lecture at the Loving Hut vegan restaurant in Alhambra, CA, I had the opportunity to hear a remarkable story from Annie, an effervescent woman who works part-time at the restaurant. I hope that we can learn from the example that she related to me.

Back in 1979, Annie Han Phan decided, along with thousands of other Vietnamese from the south central part of her country, to flee the chaotic and dangerous post-war conditions and make her way by boat to Hong Kong. She was able to secure a place in an overcrowded boat carrying 180 of her fellow Vietnamese. The journey was treacherous and arduous, and she often doubted if they could possibly reach their destination alive, especially since no one in the boat was good at navigation.

After several weeks, disaster struck. A powerful storm overturned their boat, and damaged it so severely that it was broken in several places. Fortunately, everyone was able to hang on to the swamped craft and survive the storm, but after many hours of being in the water their energy was drained and they were chilled to the bone. She told me that she and her fellow passengers were “waiting to die,” and that they were also praying intensely for help. Being completely alone in the vast ocean surrounding them, their chances of survival seemed bleak.

Suddenly and inexplicably, the boat started moving and then it stabilized for the first time since the storm. To their amazement, they realized that four whales now surrounded them, and that two of them were under the front of the boat, one on each side, and two smaller whales were under the rear of the boat. Slowly, the four whales began carrying the boat along through the water in a definite direction. Everyone hung on to the boat as it moved, and they used whatever spare clothes and materials they had to fill in the holes.

The whales gave them a ride for a full two days, and finally they rejoiced to see birds flying over the water. They knew they were approaching land, and before long, sighted it far away. The whales brought them ever closer to the shore, and when they were within about 100 yards of the coast, the whales gave the boat a strong last push. All 180 passengers were able to swim the short distance and arrive safely on land. At this point it was about 5:30 a.m. and the light was still dim, and as they gathered their energy on the shore, they saw the whales waiting offshore. At about 7:00 when the morning light was bright, they saw, to their astonishment, that the whales were saying good-bye to them. They spouted, and flapped their tails on the water, and then disappeared into the ocean depths, leaving everyone humbled and grateful.

Annie told me that they all knew they would have died if the whales hadn’t worked so hard to rescue them. For this reason (and many more), she is a dedicated vegan who does all she can to spread the message of compassion to others.'
Above is an excerpt from the article.

Sherri G (128)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 2:12 am
I loved this story and hope everyday we can learn from animals and stop killing, caging, and exploiting animals. Those whales are obviously more evolved than we are. I for one love them and try to do everything I can to protect them. Thank you Cher for all that you do on their behalf. Noted.

Kerrie G (116)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 3:36 am
Noted, thanks. :)

Sam E M (0)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 4:33 am
Amazing and incredible story, thanks Cher. :)

John De Avalon (36)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 5:22 am
A lovely article. Thank you for posting.

John De Avalon (36)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 5:25 am
There is nothing so pure as an animal's love....

We humans could learn much from animals.

Peta Clarke (30)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 6:43 am
A good article nothing amazes me any more about creatures of the earth and oceans their abilities are untapped.

Carmen S (611)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 8:05 am
thanks for sharing this wonderful story

Cindy Rhodes (106)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 10:14 am
Noted and thank you Cher for sharing this incredible thought provoking story!!

DORIS L (61)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 10:54 am
Noted and shared on facebook.

Malgorzata Zmuda (198)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 11:35 am
Piękna historia, dzięki.

Joy M (33)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 12:42 pm
Incredible story!! We certainly have a lot to learn from and about the wonderful creatures with whom we share this planet!!

Thomas P (280)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 12:48 pm
Noted...great story. Thanks Cher

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 2:48 pm
thanks for the lovely story

deb s (145)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 4:57 pm
how we can learn so much from the animals they have so much to give and teach

Barbara F (47)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 9:20 pm
Thanks for sharing this story with me, Doris! Noted!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 11:45 pm
I love each and every animal. I just wish all humans did...

Thanks for this Cher :-))
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