Freedom to Think



We need another and a wiser and perhaps more mystical concept of animals.

Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilisation surveys the creature through the myopic 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, for having taken form so far below ourselves.

And therein do we err....

For the animal shall not be measured by man.

In a world older and more complete than ours they moved finished and unique, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.

They are not brethren, they are not underlings, they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the travail and splendour of the Earth

Henry Beston