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Being A Human And An Animal

Inhabited by our adventurous characters as humans and animals, we can't choose which trait to strengthen with our actions. We live and always gamble on our prosperous integrity of life to feed our egos. 

Think of the wisdom of an animal of a nesting Dove with it, it's a sign of hope, purity, and faith as well as commitment.

A nesting bird

Human Dove depiction is all about soaring high leaving our egos behind and below our life endeavors.

We act rough to forage the advanced nature of ourselves. In other meaning, it's the primitive sense of ourselves as humans we like to identify ourselves with, we can't accept our animalness. We like to compare ourselves with imaginary beings than awaken ourselves with love and the wisdom of animal nature of ourselves. 

What is fascinating " we continue to think with animals to imagine ourselves about them we self-conceptualize through animals in particular contexts. And that's all we can do, we can't change that." Aaron Gross ( 2012)

Being in an advanced nature of humans is understanding and appreciating animalness as true love and wisdom of life stability. The basis of humanism is being an animal. Animalness blends in the natural world better than being human.

"Maybe it's animalness that will make the world right again: the wisdom of elephants, the enthusiasm of canines, the grace of snakes, the mildness of anteaters. Perhaps being human needs some diluting." ― Carol Emshwiller

Humans have a profound ancestry in nature. We bother about our animal limitations, we regard ourselves as superior beings. Like animals, the daily cycle of human life is to eat, think, communicate and sleep.

We even liked to fly like birds. We imagined dressing up like birds. Biomimicry was born out of imagination inspired by the wisdom and beauty of animals in nature. 

Being humans is not about surpassing what is naturally occurring to us humans and makes us who we are, but animalness breathes. By keeping and nurturing it with our intelligence and creativity it yields sustainability.

How awesome animals like humans do to grow food. Insects like leaf-cutting ants can grow fungus out of the leaves they cut and collect,  for food. It's even surprising, that some birds like parrots can speak. Apes like chimps think, create and use tools. What is the meaning of being a human animal?

In addition, animals, birds such as weaver birds, and spiders are awesome at creating architectural structures such as nests and webs using the resources they can produce or collect from nature such as twigs, leaves, grasses, and silk the most adaptable material on Earth.

They are different from us because they do all those things without endangering nature and causing imbalances to life on our planet. 

However, what makes us different is that we can analyze and create narratives. We can create complex things such as music, machines, we can speak, and so on.

"Animals are the bridge between us and the beauty of all that is natural. They show us what's missing in our lives, and how to love ourselves more completely and unconditionally. They connect us back to who we are, and to the purpose of why we're here." ― Trisha McCagh

Fondness and emotional care as well as inclusive compassion are not only true animal wisdom beyond human experience but also nature's adventure. Animals take what they need and not what they want from nature. Therefore keeping nature in balance. That's a true indication of love in form of life and sharing it. 

Tamed species in large farms and pet animals are good examples of what humans can experience firsthand by sharing space with our fellow animals. Going from bad to worse than it is supposed to be so. We have to think, that they need more space than we can take advantage of their necessities.

Looking at what is going on around the world. It's not nature, but a disturbing human reality of each society in our world. A life built on ego and selfishness. A life of much profit at the expense of the weakest and vulnerable, or a life of self-care at the expense of selfishness.

It's the life of being better through hard work or the life of self-experience and hard lessons haunted by an empty sense of pride. Enjoying the moment at present with commitments to the responsibilities we got in life, that's all we need to do.

Hurting others out of necessity or healing others out of necessity. It's a matter of chances in the difference between a person's animal trait and human nature. Living a good human life is protecting all that is human. On the other hand, being the best human is protecting all that's life.

"We patronize the animals for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they are more finished and complete, gifted with extensions 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 splendor and travail of the earth." ― Henry Beston

Nowadays we are being caught up in our nature as people, but biologically we are animals. Are we good enough to be the best human beings? or we are just humans who can't understand a language not made of words? 

"How it is that animals understand things I do not know, but they do certainly understand. Perhaps there is a language that is not made of words and everything in the world understands it. Perhaps there is a soul hidden in everything and it can always speak, without even making a sound, to another soul." ― Frances Hodgson Burnett

Being the best human beings leads us to solve the challenges of our time together for the future. Are we waiting until we get lost in the blank ideas of the betterment of humans regardless of what is happening with our planet? Or we are already lost?

Every little boy and girl dreams of the imagination with seconds of chances of fulfilling the prophecy. The prophecy of his or her parent's love is likely with many options in life tied with nature.

While others got a lot of choices, one got one choice to run to the only chance for a better future. Some got no future but a blurry picture in a beautiful night vision in the sky. In the darkened future by the mortal egos.

Thinking of the days with life. In the freezing universe, I see rather hope here than anywhere else. The life of choices. The lifestyle of nature and the warmth of the planet. 

Conquered by viral fear of our adventure. We can't detect our mindful flow with nature. The natural feelings of being the best we can be to our young ones. The feelings of lively active moments on this beautiful planet.

Are we imagining better humanity in the best humans anyhow of what hasn't been nature's gift to us? The gift of selfishness and greed out of necessity.

We have the common sense to conquer it all. We also got love beyond human nature to truly love and care with good intentions. The useful intentions are better for our planetary nature and life.

Human-animalness is the true love we got to restore and share. Deep down in our skins, we know who we are. Nature awakens our senses with the language of warnings such as climatic heat waves, economic crises, moral crises, and pandemics as well as love to learn and stop the mismanagement of nature as a whole. 

Having both senses of human and animal consciousness is key to the survival of humanity. Taking back our natural roots as animals is being real humans.


References

Rachels, James, 1990, Created from Animals: The Moral Implications of Darwinism, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Challenger. M. (2021). How to Be Animal, What it Means to Be Human. Penguin Books.

Aaron Gross. et.al. (2012). Animals and the Human Imagination: A Companion to Animal Studies.Columbia University Press; Illustrated edition.




Also, read:

Nature's Adventure

Eat, Sleep and Work Habits


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