The true worship of the living God frees us from pride and bestiality.
Animal trainer Ivan Tors has been quoted as saying that the more he sees of animals, the less he thinks of man. To prove that a peaceable kingdom is a possibility—at least on his 260-acre preserve near Los Angeles—he has combined such unlikely pen-mates as a python and a chimpanzee, a lion and an elephant, and, most unlikely of all, a tiger and a fawn. “We humans live a phony existence,” he has said. “We have fallen out of rhythm with nature” (Time, June 16, 1967).
Earlier this year a United Press International writer captured the bestiality involved in the death of a child in Waco, Texas:
Little Ronald Curry got his prayers all wrong, so his father beat him and had him say them over again, police said. Ronnie, 4, ended his second attempt at prayer with: “God bless Mommy and Daddy.” They were his last words. Ronnie died the next day from the beating his father gave him with an auto fan belt and a stick.… Dr. Walter Krohn, a pathologist who testified at the trial, said the boy’s bruises and cuts were too numerous to count. He said the only body he had seen in worse condition was that of the victim of an airplane crash.
Our Apparent Bestiality
The relation between human behavior and animal behavior has been much debated. Men can, it seems, stoop to the animal level. We might say of a man who beats his wife and children in a drunken stupor, breathing ugly threats of even greater violence, “What a dirty rat!” But an important distinction must be drawn between human and animal behavior.
C.S. Lewis begins chapter three of his book The Four Loves with a discussion of “the love in which our experience seems to differ least from that of the animals”:
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