Sunday, July 24, 2011

Is It Love? Watch and Judge for Yourself

Have you ever had a relationship with a cat? If so, then you know they have unique personalities. They think, feel, make relationships, communicate, and remember. You experience real love for this non-human person. If they die before you do, you grieve them for the rest of your life. Dog lovers will tell you the same thing about dogs.

Yes, we humans have that huge, magnificent pre-frontal cortex, much more ample than that of cats or dogs. And we have the ability to create and use language. This gives us a more sophisticated intelligence, an amazing advantage. Although most humans don't do much with it.

So species arrogance is as misguided and inappropriate as any other kind of arrogance. If you want to see the world as it really is, then acknowledge the complexity and intelligence of many of our non-human mammal brothers and sisters.

Watch this brief, moving video and you'll see what I mean...

We can form complex, mutually caring relationships with non-human species.

And I love the other message: Reconnect with someone you care about.

Post by Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D., Copyright 2011. Building Personal Strength .


Kathleen Scott said...

Sweet. Cats are people too.

Anonymous said...

This got me, Denny, especially paired with that great song from (I think) the movie, The Bodyguard.

Verna Wilder said...

Ahhh. Thank you, Denny, for this reminder about love and connection.