April 27, 2008
MUST NOT KNOW ANY DECENT PEOPLE:
When we abuse animals we debase ourselves: What qualities associated with the best in mankind aren't expressed by animals? (Barbara Cook Spencer, April 11, 2008, CS Monitor)
We may not be linked by trunks and tusks, wings and beaks, but I have yet to think of a single quality associated with the best in mankind that is not expressed by animals and often – as with loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, and forgiveness – more perfectly.
Our differences appear to lie more in the complexity with which we express our commonly held qualities. In fact, the caring, thoughtful observation of animals has taught, and can continue to teach, vital lessons about what we ourselves are and what we can accomplish.
Until an animal chooses to follow the morality laid down by God, the reason to treat them well is because of the responsibilities that dominion imposes on us. Posted by Orrin Judd at April 27, 2008 12:01 AM