October 8, 2014

other nations

Notes from the Pack - the story of dog. Henry Beston's quote about our mystical relationship with animals

'We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more   
mystical concept of animals... We patronize them   
for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate   
for having taken form so far below ourselves.   

And therein do we 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 the extension   
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.'   

- Henry Beston   
'The Outermost House'