Other nations caught with ourselves

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“We need another and a wise and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. 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.”

— Harry Beston, The Outermost House

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Kind of a dramatic quote for today, but I like its basic meaning and premise. Happy Friday, everyone! I’m really excited today, because tonight we get to briefly meet Lyndi. Our home visit still won’t happen until next week, but her foster could tell that I was super-eager to meet her, so we get to see her ahead of schedule. I really hope she could be the ONE… We’ll see! Of course, I’ll keep you posted… in the midst of all the moving madness. Have a great weekend, and happy Mother’s Day!

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6 thoughts on “Other nations caught with ourselves

  1. Beautiful quote. A client in one of my classes last night said, about dogs not speaking our language: “Sometimes I just wish they were smarter than they are.”

    I couldn’t believe how naive it sounded. Indeed, “Therein, we err and greatly err.”

  2. I love the quote. I’m checking out your site after seeing it in the Gorgeous WP examples, but love it for the dogs as much as the design (which is indeed gorgeous). I hope Lindy is the answer to your quest, but if not, it’s obvious that you’ll find what you’re looking for because you seem to be looking the right way for the right things. Best of luck to you.

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