I’ve loved animals all my life. When I was growing up in a rural area of New York State we were surrounded by animals—wild creatures, farm animals, household pets. Although we loved our pets, we saw wild and farm animals differently, more as resources to serve us. They were not part of the family, as pets were.
My partner, Barbara Clark from Scotland, visited me in Wyoming this past summer. She’s also an animal lover and a talented animal communicator. In the years I’ve known her, she’s helped me gain a new appreciation for all animals—for all creatures great and small, to borrow words from the title of James Herriot’s best-selling book.
I no longer see any animals as “less than” humans. As far as I’m concerned we are all equal. Dr. Albert Schweitzer said, “If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life.” That’s why I’m now a vegetarian.
While I realize many disagree with me, this is the way I choose to live out the rest of my days—with reverence for all life.
Animals are often among our greatest teachers. Here’s a very short, delightful video that illustrates that beautifully.
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