Have you ever heard that saying, “A society can be measured by how it treats its weakest members”?
We’d like to explore that just a little today through the lens of our sense of compassion for animals. It’s so easy to do nothing sometimes… turn away, think things are hopeless and let someone else take up the challenge. Surely someone will. Right?
I’ll let you in on a little secret: I’ve got such compassion for animals that I even care for them in death. I’m the goofy person who will stop for roadkill, no matter how busy and messy, and move it off the road. I just can’t stand to see creatures spend their remaining physical existence as meaningless as, well, roadkill!
Some people just can’t leave the “hopeless” cases to others, and they just won’t give up on an animal, ever. Take a look at a few short videos that point the way to compassion for the weakest among us.
First up, here’s what compassion looks like in a country where many have so little. Necessity can be the mother of invention…
Now, take a look at the depth of innovation and compassion that can come from our neighbors, co-workers and ordinary folks,..
This last one…well…who would have thought?
Great examples of compassion. People are amazing!
Some would say, “why waste all that time and talent on an animal?”
It’s a fair question if you don’t have a lot of background in the area of animal intelligence. But after 500+ EWC articles on positive things – on every topic under the sun – we’ve written 4 or 5 article from thought leaders in animal intelligence research. Check out our Animal Archive!
To put the sentiments in this article in a bright light, check out this other article if you’d like another heartwarming story that demonstrates why compassion should be the first rule when we bring animals into our world!
Then, if you just want some terrific food for thought, something to lean on when you feel overwhelmed by the size of the problems in this world, the following article will give you a spring in your step. Smart, well-meaning people are everywhere. We can turn our back on the nightly news when they show us some of them more often!
Stay open, curious and stay hopeful!
~ Dr. Lynda
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- NTDTV. “Thai Elephant Gets Artificial Leg.” YouTube. NTDTV, 17 Aug. 2009. Web. 23 June 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jY-n83ihpg>. ↩
- The Humane Society of the United States of America. “Paralyzed Dog Gets Wheels – Ricky Bobby.” YouTube. The Humane Society of the United States of America, 3 Dec. 2013. Web. 23 June 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKijNxsFBdU>. ↩
- SWNS TV. “Modified Disable Tortoise Is Fitted with Rear Wheels of a Hotwheels Toy Car.” YouTube. SWNS TV, 11 June 2015. Web. 26 June 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjoNosnIT4E>. ↩
- Barcroft TV. “Turbo-Roo: Cute Two-Legged Chihuahua Given Wheels To Move Independently.” YouTube. Barcroft TV, 22 Aug. 2014. Web. 26 June 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L3i__PLTE0>. ↩
- Discovery. “Dolphin Tale: How Real Is Winter’s Story?” YouTube. Discovery, 23 Sept. 2011. Web. 26 June 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=4&v=dccITwS1O4E>. ↩