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Why is there a cow in your logo?
There is a reason why I chose a cow for our logo and not a horse. We live in a society where it has become perfectly okay to treat some individuals as less valuable while elevating others based on externally visible things such as career, wealth etc. This socially accepted discrimination is most apparent in the case of animals. Pets are cherished while farm animals routinely find themselves at the absolute bottom rung of human compassion. Yet all have the same propensity for feeling pain and suffering. This fact is not diminished by labeling some ‘food animals’ and others ‘pets’. Labels seem to give us permission to be unkind and rationalize our cruelty. In the case of humans, the same double standards apply but are perhaps less visible because we do not differ in species like animals do. However, we typically label some people as dumb, smart, successful, cool, capable, morally upstanding, screwed up, ugly, criminal, the list could span pages, but you get the idea. Thus, the cow in the logo is symbolic for this double standard. It also is symbolic for what we as an organization are trying to achieve, which is helping ourselves and others expand our sense of kindness and in so doing create a more whole compassionate world.
Why do you care about people who have been incarcerated?
Can you imagine what your life would be like if you were continuously judged by your worst moment in your life? There would be no room for you to grow into something far better than that choice or choices. Think about it: What would it be like to be defined by your worst decisions for the rest of your life.
We believe that people are able to change and grow beyond their previous limitations. Often those who have experienced the worst internal darkness, are those with the most potential to grow. For those of us who have never been on the other side of the bars, to be healthy and whole means to be able to look at a person and see the ‘here and now’ instead of allowing ourselves to get mentally stuck on a piece of information we have about someone’s previous life decisions and actions. Forgiveness, the ability to move on, and being non-judgmental are hallmarks of a whole individual. All of us here at Good Acres Sanctuaries strive to embody these traits each and every day.
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