Cat and Mouse
I recently watched an episode of the (normally) excellent series, Criminal Minds, that ended with a quote that I’ve heard before which expresses a sentiment that is often repeated, but obviously wrong.
“Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself. ” – James Anthony Froude.
The quote may initially sound wise and a bit poignant, but even a little thought reveals it to be nothing but elitist self-hatred. Nothing but a poor attempt to supplant the concept of man’s superiority to animals (due to intelligence and opposable thumbs) with a falsehood meant to reveal animal’s moral superiority to man.
Several years ago, a friend recommended that I read a series of werewolf books by Kelley Armstrong. The book was well-written, but the same anti-human bias expressed in the quote above permeated the novel. The idea that wild animals are somehow noble and merciful is absurd, as is easily proven by watching a few hours of Shark Week on the Discovery channel.
– or by watching a cat play with a mouse.
Frankly, I prefer Lord Tennyson:
Who trusted God was love indeed
And love Creation’s final law
Tho’ Nature, red in tooth and claw
With ravine, shriek’d against his creed