10 thoughts on “Man Versus Beast

  1. For all we know, animals may be quite religious. They just understand it better than human animals do, so they don’t bother with all thetrappings of dogma, rituals, laws and rules and regulations (which they then promptly fail to follow) … And did I mention the killings of “infidels” and “heretics”. 😛

    • 😉

      That is definately for the 1%….the 99% are busy attempting to Occupy Art, Philosophy, Love, and last but not least…Suicide. Even suicide is illegal…for there is still money to be made in the “proper” death and burial.

  2. My, what a cheerful lot this morning! ; )
    Tincup, I agree if, by “religion” you’re referring to self-awareness & a search for meaning, etc… But I tend to think of religion = politics, in which case that leaves us…

    • I think you are in line with what I was thinking…but I take it a step further to assume religion “has come to equal” all three and little else 😉

      And so you see, aside from some fancy names and terms, there really isn’t a difference between the majority of man and that of the beast.

      I loved your comment “My what a cheerful lot this morning”…I was brooding while this little thought was developing…but laughed quite hardily once complete.

  3. It seems to me that a large percentage of humans, perhaps the majority, need religion or some kind of greater belief because sentience parallels an acute awareness of our mortality. I am not sure animals have a constant sense of their ability to die; the desire to flee from danger is instinctual, and perhaps they know death only when it is directly in front of them, as in, they themselves are moments from it or they are witnessing another — whether peer or prey — perish. We are constantly, irrevocably aware of death. We know we will cease to be. We fear losing all our experiences, our memories, our selves, and so we foist chimerical ideals onto religion in a vain attempt at immortality. It is also this same sentience, unrepeatable in nature, which makes us capable of suicide. We are aware of life, we have the choice to (ironically) rise above our biological imperatives. For animals, such an act would contradict Darwinian, evolutionary instincts to continue on genes.

    • I agree with much that you wrote above. Religion and the after-life is the attempt to deal with the everlasting darkness. And suicide seems to be an option we alone possess in the animal kingdom. Yet still our minds and body fool us into thinking we have plenty of time left. In my opinion we don’t contemplate death enough. If we did think about death appropriately (myself included) I think we may be inspired to change our individual decisions and perhaps think of another means to obtain immortality as a species. But perhaps I am foisting chimerical ideals upon the human race. I also think our religion now is really economics and religion merely figures out a means to remain relevant within that context.

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