Anyone who thinks there’s something that inherently separates mankind from other animals is two things:
- A Westerner
- A person who has never worked closely with an animal in any capacity–and I am not talking about having a dog you walk and feed. I mean you had to train a horse, or milk cows, or something, anything that required you to get down and dirty with an animal and get it to do what you want. As soon as you realize that there’s an individual in there actively pursuing their own interests (not just pooping on a leash or waiting for you to get your ass of the couch and provide life-giving sustenance), the distinction between “man” and “animal” begins to corrode fiercely.