This new collection of works, “ animals as royals” is not about what you eat or don’t eat. It represents the health of our relationships as a whole society.
I am speaking of how we actually treat each other- including all creatures great and small. A simple concept that we should strive for and that requires teaching and learning so each of us can be better humans and tend to each other’s needs.
This is the definition of benevolence, and just like people, animals have consciousness too.
Considering our relationships with animals allows us the opportunity to show more compassion, love, kindness, consideration, understanding, sympathy and tolerance. We may not be able to stop all the violence in the world, but we can certainly lessen the amount of violence in our own lives- one step at a time.
Take a look at how we treat newborn babies. We coddle them as angels, and watch their every breath with the servitude of a holy being. Now think about how we treat the elderly, the sick, the needy, the handicapped and the poor. We ignore their needs, and treat them as if they are invisible, or worse.
I know it’s not always easy to like people. The older we get, the more set in our ways we become. Our worlds become smaller and smaller as time goes on. To say we are a polarized society is an understatement. We live in a world where no one listens or considers opposing viewpoints, each side digging their heels in deeper and deeper in obstinance and self-righteousness.
We have hard time getting along with people who are not like us, so maybe we could start with our relationships to animals. After all, animals were made to live here too.
Best of all, these benign creatures don’t have a voice. Literally. They don’t cause arguments or disagreements with us – only a quiet and peaceful existence. They sit with us, in silence, just listening.
And to me, that’s worthy of a gold crown at the very least.