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  •  No... not a "failure" of any kind.... (4+ / 0-)
    It's certainly the message my rational brain would like to follow-- but my emotional responses keep thwarting my best efforts to be logical and impartial in my observations of nature. I am a dismal, fuzzy-headed failure.
    You are, instead, a loving and humane human being.

    I'm another Jane Goodall fan!  I do perfectly well with the purely scientific, logical, practical explanations..., but looking into the eyes of some of the chimps, especially bonobos (which Goodall did not study) - and great apes (yes, I also admired Dian Fossey) - one can see the other side of our own humanity.  I see the same thing reflected in the eyes of elephants who are magnificent and oh-so-gentle with their babies or siblings or nieces and nephews, the great cats, giraffes, our canine friends, pandas, etc.

    I was born and raised on a farm, we had animals around us either at home or at relatives' and friends' places.  There's not a scientist anywhere in the world who could ever convince me animals don't feel emotions.  I know they do.  I've seen it, experienced sharing grief with some of them; one just has to pay attention to their body language and some of their vocalizations to know they feel emotions.  Just because they don't share our vocabulary, it does not logically follow that they are not capable of deep affection and other emotions.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 03:53:38 PM PST

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