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Animal Wisdom

I had one of those gotcha questions the other day which gave me pause for a moment on our relationship to animals. So I picked up my well worn copy of Joseph Campbell’s, Power of Myth to see if I could make some sense of the animosity towards those that practice animal husbandry. Here is a passage pertinent to on our relationship with animals:

The Indian relationship to animals is in contrast to our relationship to animals, where we see animals as a lower form of life.  In the Bible we are told that we are the masters.  For hunting people, the animal is in many ways superior.  A Pawnee Indian said: “In the beginning of all things, wisdom and knowledge were with the animal. For Tirawa, the One Above, did not speak directly to man.  He sent certain animals to tell mankind that he showed himself through the beast.  And that from them, and the stars and the sun and the moon, man should learn.”