Monday, April 13, 2009

Who's Wiser?

Remote from universal nature, and living by
complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys
the creature through the glass of his knowledge
and sees thereby a feather magnified and
the whole image in distortion. We patronize
them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate
of having taken form so far below ourselves.
And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal
shall not be measured by man. In a world older
and more complete than ours they move finished
and complete, gifted with extensions of the
senses we have lost or never attained, living
by voices we shall never hear. They are not
brethren, they are not underlings; they are
other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of
life and time, fellow prisoners
of the splendour and travail of the earth.

From the Outermost House by Henry Beston.
Copyyright, 1928, by Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. Garden City, New York

I ran across the excerpt on a rescue site, donkey rescue to be exact. No, I am not looking for another donkey, I repeat, I am not looking for another donkey :). I really do not know how that site appeared on my computer, it must have been some kind of virus attack - ha. Shhh, here comes my husband. Seriously, in a world where I had an endless supply of horse feed, acres and acres of land, and more time I would definitely have more. For now, I am quite grateful for and satisfied with my little farm/zoo as it is.


  1. I thought of you as I read an article today about rescued animals. glad to know you're doing well on your farm.

  2. Wow, that is really interesting and one of the wisest thing I have read about animals and how they relate to humans. Thank you for sharing it with us and for telling us that you don't need another donkey. "Hey, take it back, she said she don't need one." Carry on.

  3. You are so going to get another donkey... I am sitting here giggling at this post today. One does not often read the words: "No, I am not looking for another donkey, I repeat, I am not looking for another donkey :)" Maybe it's late and I need to go to bed...but this is still cracking me up...

  4.'re too funny. Rescue sites are dangerous places.

    I've always felt that animals are the superior race and for many years I preferred the company of my furry friends to that of my fellow human beings.

    Wise creatures, these animals who share this planet with us. There is much to be learned from them.


  5. Ha ha!! So you tell yourself little stories to placate yourself too huh??

    I do agree with the quote though, mostly anyway.

    Ha! My word today is hambabbl! Is that not a cool word!?
    Made me smile.