Nonhuman animals (animals) are magnificent and amazing beings. Surely we have no right to intrude wantonly into the lives of other animals or to judge them or blame them for our evil ways.
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There are at least four different models in the Torah for the human relationship with Creation. Each voice comes from a different source and each one still has something to teach us today.
I spent a good portion of my first twenty years chasing after that mysterious pulse of the endless so easily found in wilderness and wild places.
Animals (and presumably plants, too) have "worlds" of their own. Non-human life forms are not machines reacting to stimuli, but have their own ways of registering the phenomena that show up within their worlds.
We're terrified that in stepping above and outside of nature, we give ourselves license to use and abuse the biosphere for our own utilitarian ends.
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