Updated: Nov 7
A person asked me recently:
"What kind of animal do you like best?"
I stared at him intently for a moment - seriously contemplating.
I had no answer for him.
I cannot answer him.
I actually don't wish to answer him.
Obviously not because I cannot grasp the core differences between the animal species.
Certainly not because I have no individuality.
Undoubtedly not because I have become numb to the "fight" and have loss my passion or compassion towards the animals.
Because I have evolved beyond the "SPECIES" categorization.
I have learned to "see" and "acknowledge" the distinct "person" in each animal, fortunately without projecting "myself" on them.
Anthropomorphism? - considered a very bad excuse in some academic circles, even indecent.
Yet... the reality of preferring a [type] of animal over another [type] because of their outer appearance or their nature or their way of communication is superficial beyond question.
It is a very simplistic approach to human-animal relationship. Inertia.
Lazy stereotyping or being intellectually lazy is what I cannot handle at this stage of my life.
A dog is not just a loyal companion that wags its tail all day.
A cat is not just a elegant and prestigious persona, an unreachable mystery to admire from a far.
A rabbit is not just a fluffy, gentle, tuff of fur that eats carrots.
A parrot is not just a mimicry imprisoned in a cage.
Choosing an outer or perceived condition over another without knowing the "inside" of an individual is quite unacceptable now.
It is fine if you don't quite get what I mean.
But most important of all, do you see the "person" in your pet too?
Do you see that they are not just a tuft of fur or feathers existing for your entertainment and amusement?