Every creature is its own reason to be…

“Do not harass the ant that’s dragging a seed, because it has life and sweet life is dear.”

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We conceive of the individual animal as a small world, existing for its own sake, by its own means. Every creature is its own reason to be. All its parts have a direct effect on one another, a relationship to one another, thereby constantly renewing the circle of life; thus we are justified in considering every animal physiologically perfect. Viewed from within, no part of the animal is a useless or arbitrary product of the formative impulse (as so often thought). Externally, some parts may seem useless because the inner coherence of the animal nature has given them this form without regard to outer circumstance. Thus…[not] the question, What are they for? but rather, Where do they come from?

– Goethe, Scientific Studies

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2 thoughts on “Every creature is its own reason to be…

  1. Makes me glad that I’m a vegetarian! 🙂

    One of my hobbies is 3d Maro-photography (close up 3d) mostly of small creatures like insects, frogs, snails, snakes and such. It’s a whole other world in the realm of the “small.” The small is not so small at all, if you look at it closely.

    We, as a species, think that we’re so wonderful (because of our superior intellectual abilities). But look at what we (without enough compassion, so far) are doing to the world. Man-made mass-extinction is unprecedented since the mass-extinction of the dinosaurs. We need to be better care-takers of mother earth.

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