Friday, January 11, 2008

Gifted with extensions of the senses...

"We need another and a wiser and perhaps more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artiface, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete. Gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not bretheren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth."

Henry Beston-The Outermost House

Those of us that share our life with an animal will not find this concept odd. We find ourselves opening our minds and souls to the intuitiveness and intelligence of our fellow creatures, listening to their wisdom, expanding our perceptions, appreciating their being and reveling their divine nature.

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