DAY 197: A (slightly latest) HALF YEAR REVIEW – part 3, oh god is this it finally?…YES!
7. HOW BAD IS IT OUT THERE?
If you get hit by a bus then please don’t reincarnate as a dog. Or as a pig. Or donkey. Better to come back as a paving stone. At least that way when you’re walked all over you’ll be hardened to it.
99% of the suffering that I see in animals is caused by US.
Whether it is a deer caught in a barbed wire fence or a dog hit by a car or a bird covered in oil or a bear made to dance in the streets of India everywhere there is a silent chorus of animals’ despair orchestrated by us humans.
It saddens the hell out of me, as Holden Caulfiend might have said.
And it all comes down to this: somewhere along the line we mentally and spiritually separated ourselves from the animals that are our own heritage. We share their biology, we share their needs but all too rarely do we share their pain. And surely the ability to suffer, perhaps more than anything else is what unites all living beings.
The image of the man ‘evolving’ from the monkey is well known. He walks to the right (the way that most us read) as if leaving behind his lowly past. It’s presents a metaphor of success. But to me it’s a picture of us walking away from our own natures and creating a painful, terrible divide of forgetting.
8. DOES HELPING ANIMALS FEEL GOOD?
Yes and no.
I have a renewed respect for those who care little about animal welfare. I understand why they might want to smother themselves in bacon.
It’s hard to confront what goes on out there. The death, the suffering. I wouldn’t read my own blog – as Groucho Marx never said.
To try and help animals that are suffering makes you suffer too. (If you feel nothing when you see a cow being hit with a hammer you’re a c*&t.) And to help animals, in a DEEP SENSE (and not just by giving money, as vital as that is) is a smelly, stressful, financially devastating affair that might possibly leave no time for relationships other than the one that involves sticking your hand up a cow’s backside.
So – this begs the questions – why help?
Well, it seems, there are two types of pain.
The pain of following your heart and the pain of NOT following your heart.
The former (following your heart) is the sort of pain associated with going to the dentist: its not pleasant but in the long run probably good for you. The second is the pain of NOT going to the dentist- you get to stay at home and eat mince with ever worsening tooth ache.
Following your heart – whether that is helping animals or baking the world’s biggest muffin – can be a very painful journey that might just be the best thing you ever did. Go back that massive muffin.