A wholistic view of animals and us June 22, 2010 8:01 PM
Much of what Animalib is true and heartfelt regarding the nature of animals. They feel no aversion and no anger in the sense that humans do. They don't figuratively stab each other in the back and they don't gossip about each other. There is much to love and respect in animal behavior and in truth, there is much to despise about how people treat one another. Women have affairs with other women's husbands and vice versa. People can be hired for money to kill other people. I don't need to continue because all of this is common knowledge. But unlike Animalib, although my love for animals runs deep, I still believe that humans are considered by God to be superior to animals. I believe in God and I believe that the Son of God died at the hands of very cruel and evil men for the sins of us all. He did not need to die for animals because as Animalib so articulately put it, they are not sinful. They did not partake of the apple that Adam and Eve ate. But for reasons I don't understand, God came to Earth specifically to die for us. Truly, I don't understand this, and I don't always strive to love my enemies as I should. But I can say this-I knew a man in the town I once lived in(and this is a true story) who went to prison for dragging a dog to its death from a truck. The owners of the dog loved their pet very much but they stated in the paper that they forgave the man who committed this horrible deed. After the man was released from prison, I happened to see him in church making a visit. He used to be my neighbor and my first thought was to walk up to him and really tell him off. Beginning with, who do you think you are presuming to be in this church after the horrible thing you did. But for reasons I don't even understand, I approached him and spoke nicely to him, and if I had said cruel things to him, I think I would feel sorry about it now. Perhaps you don't know the story of St. Maria Goretti. At the age of 12, a man tried to rape her and when she resisted him, he stabbed her several times. When she was dying, all she could talk about was this man's conversion. After she died, she appeared to him in dreams many times in such a sweet way, that he did express sorrow for his sin. So, I believe that God does love people and want us to love each other. And like Animalib, I really wish they would stop hurting animals. But people kill other people so the true understanding of all this will not be told until the end of the world as we know it.
I love animals more than humans because they are true to themselves, what you see is what you get. They are really the innocents of our planet, they have no evil thoughts, their emotions and feelings are pure. When they show affections you know its for real and you have no reason to doubt them. They give of themselves unconditionally, which is so hard or maybe even impossible at times for humans to do.
Sorry if what I'm about to say but its how I really feel. I believe animals are better than humans and at times I'm truly ashamed to be human with all the shocking evil cruelty that is inflicted on animals. But then I think of the people who do such wonderful work to help the animals and that makes me feel somewhat better and gives me hope that maybe someday animals will finally be free from slavery and have real rights.
So I would like to thank everyone for what you do to help the animals.
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Animals never fail to keep somebody - me, at least - happy. There's no fake "comforting" words, no pity-filled eyes, no ugly thoughts. They're so pure and there's really not an evil bone in any of their beautifully wild bodies.
Why do we love animals? They are our brothers and sisters, dear members of our family of living beings. They show us the full fascination of what the wonder of life is. They have so much in common with us - and, in other respect, are often so different from us. And we love them like childs, although they are not ours. Now think of an abused child: Who would not feel an extra strong empathy for it? And how much can animals teach us about ourselves! Ahhh - did I now explain why I love animals? No, of course I didn't. I cannot give reasons for love. Isn't love always its own reason - with nothing above it?
Animals are innocent and they are fun to watch. I love to watch kittens playfight with each other. And they are so affectionate and giving. They are more intelligent than people give them credit for. I began my adventure with animals when I took in my first stray cat, and in those relationships with stray cats, I can state with absolute certainly that all animals are just incredible-incredible to watch, to be around, and to interact with.
What's not to love about animals? They love us unconditionally. They don't care if we are rich or poor, beautiful or ugly, or fat or skinny. They love us for what is inside of us. This is the meaning of a true friend.
I really liked your response to this topic because it was short, clean, and honest which since its something you love about animals, you have certainly learned it according to your post. I don't think your being snotty at all when you say who cares. It really doesn't matter but I love hearing all the different ways in which people love animals and how they describe it.
I don't know if I could even begin to understand why. I'm not being snotty when I say this; I don't even care why,I just do, that's what is important. One characteristic I admire in animals, the domesticated sort, is their honesty. If an animal doesn't like you, you know it. Unlike far too many people.
Let me join the club, guys! I had my first dog at the age of 6, but I had been asking for one since I got able to speak. Love for animals must be written in our genes, something that is passed from one generation to the next.
I totally agree with you. My ex-boyfriend had never had pets or been around animals much so I encouraged him to get a pet. Well I ended up caring for the tortoise and my ex really just didn't care much. When I have pets, I take it a serious responsibility to care for another life and if I decide to do that, I have that obligation.
I think the love for animals is something genetic.This special love for animals is written in our genetic materialI in my family we are all great lovers of animals and we are very emotional when our cat or dog is sick. . Always we had many cats and one or two dogs .. All our animals . we found in the street, and today we have 9 cats and one dog.Also , every day we care for animals that live on the streets ..we are activist for animal rights...Really I can`t imagine my life without animals ....Those beutifuls creatures give us special love, that no human being is able to give
I once heard a saying in a book that said "Only with animals, can you sit side by side, no words spoken or action taken, and walk away feeling completely understood." Another quote I like is "Animals are the best of friends because they can somehow sing the song that lies within your heart, especially if you have forgotten the words." It reminds me of how pure animals are. And another lesson learned. The most important part of communication is to hear what isn't being said.
With what's been said. For me the stand-out word that comes to mind about animals is "genuine". When you look into their eyes you can see that they're psychologically present, if you see what I mean. They're not hiding anything. I often think of this when there are stories about people deliberately hurting and deceiving others - predatory animals are different from "predatory" humans because the animals are honest about being dangerous. You know sharks or big cats are dangerous to humans - it's in their nature. But dangerous people usually pretend not to be, and I find that hard to handle. In some wider sense I feel predatory animals give you a fair chance.
That sounds so negative! On a more positive note, Iike others, I find animals' innocence irresistable!
I agree with you 100%. That is what I mean when I say animals are teachers for us humans, we just have to learn how to open ourselves up to learning from them. You made a perfect example of a lesson that all animals can teach to all humans, if only others weren't so blind and ignorant. I find the ignorance of humans sick and embarrassing that I am a part of such an arrogant species. We could all use a little lesson on the respect of other creatures and why. Look at some of the earliest humans, native Americans. They looked at animals with such respect even though they used them to survive, they saw a deeper meaning in the life of animals and often worshiped them. I would love to live in a society that was like that. That is what I work towards everyday as an animal activist.
Animals are perfectly content with being themselves. They don't wish they were a prettier, skinnier kind of animal. They don't wish they had more stuff than other animals. They don't pretend to be something that they aren't. Humans can learn many things from the animals.
i am glad you are touched and have many thanks for your kindness dearest Brittany . Well, i also think and feel uncondiotional love comes from animals to us when they feel, they can trust us, even i think they feel also our love, surely because they are living beings, too, as we are and we shall love them the same. So ture Pauline, thanks for you, too. Same here, I had my experieneces of this with some different species, also dogs, i will never miss it ... and really, i don't understand people who abuse, i couldn't harm any animal, or any living being, because i love all. Best wishes, yours sincerely, Aarif . Salamu'alaikum, much blessing love and peace to all.
Just ask, feel me like being in school again .. noooo, don't be angry, please forgive me my holy group host and have patience with us old folks . I love animals, while i love animals. I love nature, while i love nature, i love children, while i love children. I thought i give you all answeres in advance . It's that easy, i just love, because ALLAH makes me so. I love life and life means for me, to love all, what ALLAH has created for us. ALLAHU AKBAR! Give thanks to ALLAH for creating all the wonderful lives. Kindly regards to you all, i hope you don't want to tell me now, that i have to post in a islamic-animal-lover-group, because i posted as a moslem ... (and this surely i don't wont to change for any group or anything, but remember, we also have animals and our beloved Prophet(PBUH) was a great animal lover)... thanks so much for let me post here and being here, i am very happy, thanks, yours sincerely, Aarif (old man) .
I know what you mean. I do things for my dog that I have to do and I can feel his confusion and sadness. One kind of funny one is when I brush his teeth, he won't talk to me or come near me for at least 24 hours. What a butthead? But I have to remind myself he doesn't understand why I had to do that to him. Its a hard thing but as long as there is trust in any relationship with any animal, I think they know they don't understand but they trust you not to harm them.
Yes they do give unconditional love, they are always there for you even if you are happy or even to clean up your tears. They have such a strong bond with me and it's sad to the point that you know that they are unhappy when your not around. It makes it hard to leave them, but I guess that bond works both ways. I have always grown up with dogs and my husband always had cats. He had never experienced being love by a dog until he had one and he is always in AHHHH everyday.
I thought this would be a really interesting discussion question for us to talk about. I'll start... I love animals so much because of their natural instinct to just be themselves. They are not vain or care about what people look like they relate to people objectively. I also deeply love animals for what they teach me. When I learned how to open my heart and eyes, I found a way of learning from each animal I encounter. For example, my dog is very disobeidient and acts like king of the castle but then he has small moments where a simple look into my eyes shows me unconditional love that I never know existed. Animals to me are proof of angels here on earth. Sometimes angels can have four legs and a tail. Until I bonded with my dog I never knew that you could love someone inside and out without having to say a word. I would love to hear what you other members have to say about why you love animals.