Published: 20th June 2020
We are the world: Why we should learn to love and treat all living beings equally and with respect
The Coach drives home the important message of treating all living beings with respect and why we must never harm animals
It still sends a CHILL down my spine when I think about two horrific, inhumane and psychopathic incidents of animal cruelty which have scarred my mind. One, of a dog being thrown off a roof by two medical students in 2016. A year later, another incident which surfaced involving an engineering student who had killed many puppies by throwing them off his terrace. The worrying part was when he said, “It’s just a dog! I didn’t kill a human!” Now, three to four years later, I’m deeply saddened with the constant reports and news about the harm caused to animals. From the pregnant elephant to the latest being a monkey with a disfigured face. All I want to do today is ask all of you...do we really LOVE ANIMALS?
I definitely empathise with the farmers who struggle to grow crops and it’s all but fair to protect them from wild animals. There have also been incidents of animals attacking us without provocation and in some areas have become a menace too. YES! I agree! But is killing them or harming them the only way forward? This is one topic that shall lead to a never-ending debate. Since killing is killing and life is a life, killing an ant or a cockroach too isn’t acceptable. My main agenda is to explore what we can do to SPREAD THE LOVE.
One very Important Aspect: Some people who aren’t animal lovers often feel that others OVERREACT when it comes to this subject. Some say RAPE is overrated too, understand the drift?
Here’s why it is actually a big deal. From a psychological standpoint, most serial killers started their killing sprees by harming or killing animals and then ESCALATED to killing humans. This behaviour starts off as a very HARMLESS prank but when there are no consequences in that short span... It ACTIVATES DEVIOUS behaviour which makes us target the WEAK. In some cases, these human beings turn out to become horrible bullies and if they don’t seek help and allow these feelings to grow, it has no bounds till it reaches a level of causing mindless harm. And just to rest my case, remember that LACK OF REMORSE is a strong PSYCHOPATHIC TRAIT. Ironically, in some cases, psychopaths have a stronger bond with animals and pets as they feel strongly when their pet dies but couldn’t care less when they see people die. Can you do the math?
The responsibility of Parents and Educators: The first thing I ask of you is to LEAD BY EXAMPLE. It’s not considered one of the most important leadership traits for nothing.
Dear Students: All I ask of you is to remember and understand that the more compassionate you are to animals, the better you become as a human being. I don’t say that you’ll have it easy in life, I’m saying that you’ll be blessed with an amazing and pure conscience. Pets and animals are unconditionally loyal and ensure that you never feel lonely. Once this is understood, please remember that the LIFE of both a pet and a wild animal is the same. But remember to be safe and always within your limits. Just because I’m asking you to be empathic towards animals doesn’t necessarily mean risking your life by getting ripped to shreds by attempting to give a BEAR HUG to a BEAR!
Adarsh Benakappa Basavaraj