"Animals offer us a unique opportunity to transcend the boundaries of our human perspectives; they allow us to stretch our consciousness toward understanding what it is like to be different. This stretching enables us to grow beyond our narrow viewpoint. It allows us to gain a spiritual advantage. How can we possibly appreciate and move toward spiritual wholeness if we cannot see beyond our own species? How can we come to know God, or grasp the interconnectedness of all life, if we limit ourselves to knowing only our own kind? The goal of compassion is not to care because someone is like us but to care because they are themselves." excerpt from Animal Grace.
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" AFTER CREATING THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH, THE BIRDS OF THE AIR AND THE FISHES OF THE SEA, GOD FOUND IT GOOD TO BESTOW ON MAN A SUPREME MARK OF HIS FAVOUR: HE CREATED THE HORSE. IN THE MAGNIFICENT SEQUENCE OF CREATION, THE LAST PHASE, THAT OF PERFECTION, WAS RESERVED FOR THE BEAUTIFUL CREATURE. THE HORSE WAS SWIFTER THAN ANYTHING ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH; HE COULD OUTRUN THE DEER, LEAP HIGHER THAN THE GOAT, ENDURE LONGER THAN THE WOLF. MAN, ENCOMPASSED BY THE ELEMENTS WHICH CONSPIRED TO DESTROY HIM, BY BEASTS FASTER AND STRONGER THAN HIMSELF, WOULD HAVE BEEN A SLAVE, HAD NOT THE HORSE MADE HIM KING. IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN THE HORSE WAS OF NO SERVICE TO MAN, BUT THE FALL OF MAN REVEALED TO THE HORSE HIS NOBLE MISSION. " - 18TH CENTURY FRENCH AUTHOR