Unreasoning Animals

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From SodaHead

“Man is the Reasoning Animal. Such is the claim. I think it is open to dispute. Indeed, my experiments have proven to me that he is the Unreasoning Animal… In truth, man is incurably foolish. Simple things which other animals easily learn, he is incapable of learning. Among my experiments was this. 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.

Next, 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 for two whole days. When I came back to note results, the cage of Higher Animals was all right, but in the other there was but a chaos of gory odds and ends of turbans and fezzes and plaids and bones and flesh–not a specimen left alive. These Reasoning Animals had disagreed on a theological detail and carried the matter to a Higher Court.”

―    Mark Twain,    Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings

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From The Mojo Company

THE END

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8 thoughts on “Unreasoning Animals

  1. Harsha says:

    Man never learns as they always believe to be superior than their others counterparts…

  2. teasbook says:

    I agree with Harsha. Our species tends to be selfish. We always believe our way is the right way and everyone else should follow. Animals may have greed on some levels, but they never fight about what is right and what is wrong. They adjust to the situation at hand and forgive easily. 🙂 Great post!

  3. Ajaytao2010 says:

    oh dear so beautiful lovely experiments
    so wonderful post again

    congratulations dear today is a special day
    I loved each and every post today

    thank you dear
    Love Ajay

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