Isaac Bashevis Singer


"The same questions are bothering me today as they did fifty years ago. Why is one born? Why does one suffer? In my case, the suffering of animals also makes me very sad. I'm a vegetarian, you know. When I see how little attention people pay to animals, and how easily they make peace with man being allowed to do with animals whatever he wants because he keeps a knife or a gun, it gives me a feeling of misery and sometimes anger with the Almighty. I say, do you need your glory to be connected with so much suffering of creatures without glory, just innocent creatures who would like to pass a few years in peace? I feel that animals are as bewildered as we are except that they have no words for it. I would say that all life is asking: What am I doing here?"

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991), Jewish-American author, 1978 Nobel Prize in literature



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