Posted by: Dennie | July 26, 2013

Sometimes I Like Animals More Than People

I love animals. All animals. All creatures, really. They do what they need to do to live and survive, but they are not wicked. They aren’t evil, or vengeful, or hateful. If they kill, they do so to feed themselves, not to terrorize or intimidate or persecute. They don’t harbor resentments, nor do they wreak havoc merely for a display of power. Yes, violence exists in the animal world, but for reasons that are different than the violence that exists in the human world.

I came home from work this afternoon and National Geographic was airing a documentary about a man in Costa Rica who befriended a crocodile and nursed him back to health after he had been shot in the head by a farmer. The relationship between the man and beast was extraordinary, and so much more so because of the nature of crocodiles. The animal could have easily killed his rescuer, but they maintained a loving bond for over two decades. See the story here.

During a commercial break, NatGeo advertised upcoming shows. One, which will premier this Sunday night, presents the element of violence in humans, namely, men, purely in the name of greed, power, control and wealth. A quote from the upcoming shows can be viewed here.

Animals don’t perform these hideous acts. Some might say it’s because they don’t have the emotional capacity that humans have. And I agree. But still, I think there are many lessons we humans can learn from animals. And maybe we should start paying attention before it’s too late.

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