Can we allow animals to have a meaningful human experience?
To say that a wild animal’s unsolicited appearance “is there for me” is usually dismissed as being egocentric or anthropomorphic.
Yet, in an age of estranged human-animal relations, where psychological distancing may surpass physical distancing, is it too fanciful to hope that an animal may also appreciate – or even yearn for – a shared moment of our awareness?
How many wild animals gracing this precious planet ever have the chance during their brief sojourn on earth to transfix a human’s attention and ignite a moment of illuminated delight?
Can we be allowed to imagine that an animal may also revel in that momentary once-in-a-lifetime feeling of being in unconditional service to the awakening of a human soul?
Sitting alone in the foothills, these questions kidnap my dismissive adult mind, quietly whisking it away from the mundane and reuniting it with untainted childhood wonder – a place pulsing with possibilities…