Last night I sat down at my desk to read an article on the human-animal connection. As I glanced at the article I spied a tiny, fuzzy, rather cute little bug crawling over the paper. Was that a “coincidence?”

My first thought was to squash the bug. But that was so contrary to my chosen way of life — I do not believe in killing animals, even bugs.

With bugs I usually pick them up with a special “bug box” I have. Then I take them outside and release them.

So that cute little bug went on to live out its natural lifetime. Or at least it didn’t die at my hands.

Am I crazy? Many would say I am. I prefer to think I have what Dr. Albert Schweitzer calls “reverence for life.” As he said, “Reverence for life is the highest court of appeal.”

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