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World’s Most Amazing Animals!

May 2, 2010

Man is a rational animal, they say. This is true, but rationality is a matter of choice. Man can choose to be rational; he can choose to love and to feel compassion. But this doesn’t mean that animals are incapable of feeling some sort of affection, grief, or pain. Sometimes, animals do teach us the true meaning of love and compassion through their simple deeds.

But I believe that only the man who embraced the morality of self-interest is capable of true love and compassion. Like I stated in my earlier blog: “Is man not capable of love if he embraced the morality of self-interest? Only the man who loves himself and who knows his values is capable of loving others, albeit not indiscriminately. The standard of love is “self”. For if you ask a man to love everybody, then you’re trying to force him to love nobody at all, because you’re asking the impossible. A man who knows his values and who values himself is the only person who is capable of love, which cannot be given as a token of charity or good will.”

Consider the following videos. The first video shows what I call “feline love.” The video info states: “This stray cat was filmed in Turkey( Kızılsaray district of Antalya ) trying to reanimate his female friend who got hit by a car. Even though some people tried to help him, the white cat wouldn’t let them come near for two straight hours. Finally a vet arrived and took the injured cat. Sadly, it was too late and he couldn’t resuscitate the feline.”

Here’s another video of a rational, compassionate dog that helps an injured dog. This video is really amazing because it shows a “rational” dog that helps his seriously wounded friend in the middle of a ‘busy highway.’ Is this an act of altruism or self-sacrifice? The answer is NO. Why? Because the ‘rational’ dog is helping a friend, which is a value to him. This dog is not merely helping a stranger but a friend. Altruism means sacrificing one’s self or life to a non-value. Rational compassion or love means valuing a “value.”

This YouTube viral video shows a puppy who tries to rescue her injured mother. The puppy wouldn’t let anybody near her wounded mom. How amazing! Video info: “After an injured retriever is hit by a car, its puppy (a german shephard mix) protects it from both oncoming traffic and rescue workers. Miraculously both dogs are okay!”

Here’s another amazing video of a loyal squirrel that tries to protect a dead friend from some predatory crows. Video info: “One squirrel lies dead in the road but his friend fights off the crows who come to eat him.”

And this heroic dog is really amazing, as he tries to protect a stupid matador from a raging bull. Video info: “Although it is in Spanish, a man is being gored to death by a bull when a dog comes out of no where and locks with the bull to save a man’s life. Another piece of evidence that shows who is man’s best friend.”

I remember the second time I cried when I was still a kid. My uncle and his friends slaughtered my pet dog for their pulutan. The first time I cried was when my nanny bade goodbye…


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