Henry Beston, The Outermost House, 1928

"We need another and a wiser

and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals.

Remote

from universal nature

and living by complicated artifice

MAN

in his civilization

surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge

and sees thereby a feather magnified

and the whle 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 bretheren,

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."


Henry Beston, The Outermost House, 1928

"We need another and a wiser 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."



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