Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Meeting Basic Needs

It bothers me that we remain surprised by things like this:

Is it the nature of animal or the nature of man that we expect the bear to at best ignore the struggling crow, or, at worst, eat or kill it?

“So touching,” writes one commenter on this YouTube video, taken at a zoo in Budapest. “Humans could learn something from this bear. . .”

I suppose it’s human nature to forget that humans do things like this all the time, of course.

I’m weary of a world that focuses on the negative.

It’s not like we don’t see this kind of thing before:

“Basic needs are met – you’re seeing more elaborate behavior. They’re using their brains in different ways,” says the zoo official in Pocatello, explaining why we see such behavior in zoo animals.

This is a world of light. It is a world of justice and a world of peace. If we let it. If we concentrate on the good and do good and see the good in others -- even our animal kin. It is a dark and terrible place if we focus on the terrible things that do happen. I don't want to live in a world like that.

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