When dependent upon our love, care and feeding, animals shift our focus from self to other. They teach us to provide unconditional devotion, warmth, and comfort. They neither complain about their condition, feel entitled to owning things, nor demand a minimum standard of living. They do not know hate. They do not fear judgment by a supernatural deity. Whether they are pets, large domestic animals, or wild animals, they have distinct individual personalities. When young, they have the exuberance of children; when old, they have the wisdom and dignity of sages.
Out in nature, use a contemplative approach. Find solitude and sit quietly. Open your senses to the union and fusion all around you. Because you are part of it, dissociated observation of the universe is not possible. There is Wi-Fi among animals. You can observe them because your senses are also mobile apps—your connection to their harmonious world. It’s about nature and your senses, not about your camera or the gadgets in your pocket. When you encounter a wild animal in its natural habitat, you are transfixed with its grace and beauty.
On the evolutionary tree of life, we are kin with all other organisms. Albert Einstein and Albert Schweitzer wrote that our compassion must reach beyond humankind to embrace all living things.
Exercise your freedom and privilege: protect and promote the welfare of all animals.