Thursday, January 22, 2009

Inter-Species Friendships

In a comment to yesterday's post, we are introduced to the story of a strong bond of friendship between an elephant and a dog. Now this next may seem a strange statement for me to make, but I think it's safe to say that no one would raise an objection to the friendship these two animals enjoy.

But there is a vocal group of people who vehemently object to inter-species friendships when they involve humans and non-humans. They want to use our legal system to erect a wall that will prevent all contact between humans and all other forms of life.

This is incredible to me because it violates the basic nature of life--which is inclusive, not exclusive, and the basic nature of our spirits (no matter what species they may be in) which is to love. The web of life includes all creatures, and the more connections we experience, the closer we get to our true natures.

Don't we already have enough walls around ourselves, trying to shut out reality?

I return again to the statement that what we do not understand, we destroy. Separation is the enemy of understanding. The more contact we have, the more alive we all are, and will be.

I do think most people get this idea.

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