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This pic makes me want to weep….

A bear and his caretaker rest on a bench at Yangon Zoo, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), March 24, 2012.
Source: Reuters

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  1. This may sound heartless but I’ve seen much worse in my travels around the world. People do what they have to to survive. This could have led to a long ditribe but I won’t. Hope I spelled that right…

  2. Dr. Eowyn, why does it make you want to weep?

    • kheta:
      I don’t honestly know. I think it’s the sight of the bear, a wild animal, on a leash. Reminds me of a donkey I saw in an alley on the outskirts of Beijing who was COMPLETELY covered with feces. The donkey clearly was used as a beast of burden. He just patiently and meekly stood there, covered with dung. It was heart-breaking.
      Animals in poor 3rd World countries live very hard lives.

      • Agree! Cruelty to animals is a sign of the absence of empathy, which is also a defining attribute of psychopaths.

      • You weep because you have what is known in ‘the perennial philosophy’ as ‘a great heart’, filled w/compassion born of wisdom and yes, suffering, as well. In one of my poems I wrote that “compassion, life’s last lesson,” is the last because so much has to precede it before empathy and sympathy [they are not the same] can foster soulful understanding.

        • God bless you, my friend. ♥

          • Eo, knowing you has been the blessing, believe me. No one here except perhaps Steve knows how much you help each of us in our down times, how much you reach out and CARE. Well, now they do, and I only wish I could do more for you, apart as we are now. You ARE the blessing each of us has taken from this site, and I’m sure others will attest to this.

        • Excellent, Grouchy, excellent! You know that Nietzsche, likely the most misunderstood philosopher ever, once wrote or remarked when asked what his Overman’s character would be, replied that s/he would have the might of Caesar, but the soul of the Christ. Shakespeare somewhere wrote that the highest soul “would have the power to harm, but do none.” I’m ever-humbled when I think upon these, and it’s why I say that I am only a christian, as no one can ever be Him.

  3. Well ya all went off as well as I could have. I’ve traveled all the way around this world and could not believe how animals were treated as compared to here. Did what I could but don’t think I made much of a dent. Poor desperate folks do whatever they have to to survive.

  4. I’m w/GF on this. It seems to me that this pair has a relationship based on a very deep trust. I note the bear still has long claw nails, there appears to be at least one child in the background, and the caretaker looks to have very little other than a soft lead for a restraint. It would be foolhardy –if not crazy– to take a wild creature as strong as a bear that size into public, so it must be accustomed to people in its life. However, if it were my bear, I would NOT expose to the possible animal-fearful lunatic human who might decide to attack it to “save” other people from an innocent creature.
    People often comment on the relationship I have w/Theodore Eugene Bear, aka ‘Teddy’, my oldest Pomeranian, who turned 14 last November, now we’re both 69! I was present when he was born, and he’s been w/me ever since. I’d never had a Pom before, only large dogs such as a German Shepard, so I bought a care guide and followed the author’s recommendations very closely. It’s paid off a million times over, as he became the best of companions and a joy to all who know him.
    The author stated several times that Poms are very sensitive to their caretaker and strive to please them, so they must never be physically ‘disciplined’, only by voice. Think of the consequences if that were standard practise in child-rearing! I know, because all three of mine were raised that way, and they are now modest, decent, and productive adults.


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