Dignity & Animality

How very wise Mr Adams was.

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“He spoke very well about the decency and comradeship natural to animals. ‘Animals don’t behave like men,’ he said. ‘If they have to fight, they fight; and if they have to kill, they kill. But they don’t sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures’ lives and hurting them. They have dignity and animality.'”

Watership Down, Richard Adams

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15 thoughts on “Dignity & Animality

  1. This is a beautiful thought, Amelia, which leads inevitably to the question: what is human evolution?. Technology?. The conquest of desease? Flight to the moon?. If I were to put all these great achievements on a scale against the degradation of the human heart, which would weigh more?.

    Non-human animals great and small teach us much in their daily lives. Mankind should be humbled and grateful for sharing this planet with them.

    There is a poignant irony in the book ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell …

  2. I don’t remember that from Watership Down; I’m glad you posted it. I’ve long thought it arrogant, our word “humanity.”

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