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January 13, 2006

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Kudzu

I'm surprised I'm the first to respond to this thoughtful post. I sent it on to my daughter who was a vegetarian and then a vegan for many years before she morphed into an omnivore for health reasons.

Respect the pig, but remember that we kill/cook/eat all things and we must keep this in some sort of balance.

I sense your attention and purpose. Keep your knives sharp and your vision clear.

JANE TIBERIO

I FEEL DEEPLY SORRY FOR YOU! THAT YOU HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED A RELATIONSHIP WITH AN ANIMAL. THEY CAN BRING YOU GREAT JOY. MY ANIMALS SENSE MY EMOTIONS AND I CAN SENSE THEIRS. I COULD NEVER KILL A LIVING THING. I USE TO EAT MEAT - BUT CAN NO LONGER DO THAT. THESE ANIMALS LICE A GRIM EXISTENCE, AND DID NOT ASK TO BE BORN ONLY TO BE TORTURED, AND BRUTALIZED. I FEEL DEEPLY SORRY FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU. I KEEP EDUCATING AND I BELIEVE SOME DAY THE WORLD WILL BE KINDER. I WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS

haddock

I think you've missed the point. What I was describing was my coming to a relationship with other living creatures.

As for sensing your animal's emotions I accept that you believe that. For myself I am not so arrogant as to think that I am able to understand another being, including humans, in anything but a rather rudimentary way. That doesn't imply there is no connection or relationship, just that I am not equipped to name or define that relationship.

Perhaps you should re-read the original post before you go about feeling deeply sorry for me. An extreme position is always justifiable. A middle ground is always slippery.

Micky

I have read that 85% of human communication is non-verbal. I prefer dogs to humans. I think our ability for language confuses our ability to communicate how we're feeling.

I can't express the wonder and awe I feel when my three cats and my dog, at the end of a day, can express such peace and contentment with me without saying a word.

I know how they're feeling. They know how I'm feeling. What we're thinking then is probably dysfunctional anyway.

Trust yourself and them. We are so very much more like them than we're different.

It's those "soul" and "intelligence" language elements that blind us.

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