[quote] The Lowest Animal (Mark Twain)

Gara gara Criminal Minds, jadi penasaran dengan salah satu quote-nya, dan menemukan bahwa quote itu datang dari essay yang ditulis Mark Twain.

Pas baca, rasanya tertohok banget sebagai spesies yang bernama Homo Sapiens ini.

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Sebagai bahan menulis ini, Mark Twain mengaku melakukan riset langsung terhadap binatang-binatang lain, sebelum akhirnya menyimpulkan bahwa the lowest animal is us! Ga tahu apakah harus ketawa atau sedih ..

Animal vs Human

Animal : Seven young calves to be turned into the anaconda’s cage. The grateful reptile immediately crushed one of them and swallowed it, then lay back satisfied. It showed no further interest in the calves, and no disposition to harm them.

Human : Some hunters on our Great Plains organized a buffalo hunt for the entertainment of an English earl. They killed seventy-two of those great animals; and ate part of one of them and left the seventy-one to rot.

Animal : The squirrels and bees and certain birds made accumulations, but stopped when they had gathered a winter s supply, and could not be persuaded to add to it either honestly or by chicane.

Human : Many men who have accumulated more millions of money than they can ever use, have shown a rabid hunger for more, and have not scrupled to cheat the ignorant and the helpless out of their poor servings in order to partially appease that appetite.

Animal : Roosters keep harems, but it is by consent of their concu­bines; therefore no wrong is done.

Human : Men keep harems but it is by brute force, privileged by atrocious laws which the other sex were allowed no hand in making.

And Human is..

… the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.

… the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities, War.

… the only animal who en­slaves. He has always been a slave in one form or another, and has always held other slaves in bondage under him in one way or another.

… is the only Patriot. He sets himself apart in his own country, under his own flag, and sneers at the other nations, and keeps multitudinous uniformed assassins on hand at heavy ex­pense to grab slices of other peoples countries, and keep them from grabbing slices of his. And in the intervals between cam­paigns, he washes the blood off his hands and works for the universal brotherhood of man, with his mouth.

… is the only Religious Ani­mal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion–several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself, and cuts his throat if his theology isn’t straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother’s path to happiness and heaven

But .. but .. is human a reasoning animal?

Twain on animal : “In an hour I taught a cat and a dog to be friends. I put them in a cage. In another hour I taught them to be friends with a rabbit. In the course of two days I was able to add a fox, a goose, a squirrel and some doves. Finally a monkey. They lived together in peace; even affectionately.”

Twin on human : “In another cage I confined an Irish Catholic from Tipperary, and as soon as he seemed tame I added a Scotch Presbyterian from Aberdeen. Next a Turk from Constantinople; a Greek Christian from Crete; an Armenian; a Methodist from the wilds of Arkansas; a Buddhist from China; a Brahman from Benares. Finally, a Salvation Army Colonel from Wapping. Then I stayed away two whole days. When I came back to note results, there was but a chaos of gory odds and ends of turbans and fezzes and plaids and bones–not a specimen left alive. These Reasoning Animals had disagreed on a theological detail and carried the matter to a Higher Court.”



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