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  • Animals don’t set out to teach us anything at allbut we all have a lot to learn

  • from our interactions with them nevertheless. Imagine that we come back from work unusually

  • late. It’s been a tricky day: a threatened resignation, an enraged supplier, a lost document,

  • two delayed trainsBut none of the mayhem is of any concern to one friend waiting by

  • the door uncomplicatedly pleased to see us: Pippi, a two-year-old Border Terrier with

  • a continuous appetite for catching a deflated football in her jaws. She wants to play in

  • the usual way, even if it’s past nine o’clock now, with us in the chair and her sliding

  • around the kitchen, and, unexpectedly, so do we. Were not offended by her lack of

  • overall interest in us. It’s at the root of our delight. Here, at last, is someone

  • wholly indifferent to almost everything about us except for our dexterity at ball-throwing,

  • someone who doesn’t care about the Brussels meeting, who will forgive us for not warning

  • the finance department in time about the tax rebates and for whom the Lisbon conference

  • is beyond imagining. One of the most consoling aspects of animalsit might be a dog,

  • a sheep, a lizard or a beetleis that their priorities have nothing whatsoever to

  • do with our own perilous and tortured agendas. They are redemptively unconcerned with everything

  • we are and want. They implicitly mock our self-importance and absorption and so return

  • us to a fairer, more modest sense of our role on the planet. A sheep doesn’t know about

  • our feelings of jealousy, it has no interest in our humiliation and bitterness around a

  • colleague; it has never emailed. On a walk in the hills, it simply ambles towards the

  • path were on and looks curiously at us, then takes a lazy mouthful of grass, chewing

  • from the side of his mouth as though it were gum.

  • Ducks nibble at the weeds, waddle down to the water and

  • paddle about in circles without any interest in which century it happens to be from a human

  • point of view; theyve never heard of the economy; they don’t know what country they

  • live in; they don’t have new ideas or regret what happened yesterday. They don’t care

  • about the career hurdles or relationship status of the person who sprinkles a few bread crumbs

  • near them. Time around animals invites us into a world in which most of the things that

  • obsess us have no significancewhich corrects our characteristic over-investment in matters

  • which make only a limited contribution to the essential task of existence which is to be kind,

  • to make the most of our talents, to love and to appreciate.

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Animals don’t set out to teach us anything at allbut we all have a lot to learn

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The Wisdom of Animals

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    Anita Lin posted on 2017/05/25
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