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May 2004
Letter from the Publisher
By Beth Gould

Reflecting on the last ten years of publishing Satya, it seems that the world has changed dramatically. Today the world seems to be a more frightening and foreboding place, more filled with hate, suffering and injustice than at any other point in my lifetime. Those of us who object to the policies of our government are relegated to the sidelines, deemed unpatriotic or out of touch. It is a position that makes me feel powerless, as if at a tangible moment, the world took the wrong path, and we are now doomed to follow it to its fate. But reflection is not a reliable barometer of reality, and the problems that we sought to address at the inception of this magazine are still relevant and vital.

We started Satya as a tool for those wishing to make the world a more compassionate, truthful place. That sounds grandiose, but the sincere hope that offering people a forum for education and communication in a world that often favors big business and power to the detriment of animals, people and the environment seemed like a good starting place for affecting change. I’m not sure if we’ve succeeded. Activists still face much the same challenges, and tangible proof of our success is dimmed by the cruelty in evidence throughout the world. But perhaps the most important thing about Satya has been the effort. We didn’t expect that with a publication of a monthly magazine that we could end suffering. But offering our readers a place of comfort and an exchange of ideas helps contribute to the belief that one day we will succeed, and that we can make this world a better place. We have tried to offer a discourse that is not based on rhetoric and political maneuvering, but on real, true action that has the potential to blossom into compassionate change. Although it is a clichéd sentiment, I believe that the course of our lives are not decided by epochal moments, but by a constant striving to hold true to ideals, a daily effort towards a compassionate life.

There are many people whose efforts have made Satya possible. I would like to thank a few to whom I owe a personal debt of gratitude. Martin Rowe, my co-founder and the first editor of Satya, is the author of the initial premise of the magazine. Without his vision and tireless work this magazine would never have become a reality. I thank him for his intellectual contributions. Martin’s successor, Catherine Clyne, has imbued Satya with a strong social conscience, and her tutelage has seen a great development in the scope and quality of the magazine. Both Catherine and our Assistant Editor, Rachel Cernansky, continually impress me with their ability to find varied and important topics to cover, and to tell these stories with elegance and intelligence. We have had a varied and wonderful group of people working on Satya throughout the last ten years, and I would specifically like to thank Julie Hughes, who brought her style and humor to our pages, Samantha Knowlden, and Angela Starks. The last two in this long list of accolades have helped with the publishing side of Satya. Jeffrey Weaver, who helped me turn an endeavor initially run from my kitchen table into a real business and Jedd Gould, my brother, who taught me how to publish a magazine—my sincere thanks for your patience and hard work.

My greatest thanks go to Satya’s loyal readers, advertisers, subscribers and contributors. No matter how much we might have endeavored to produce a worthwhile publication, you are the ones who truly made it a reality. Your support and feedback have continually energized us. I look forward to continuing our friendship, and this ongoing conversation.



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