Beastly Cruelty

A quote used in one of my classes recently when speaking of evil and suffering in the world: “To call evil and suffering a beastly cruelty is unjust to the animal world.” Interesting thought…

How can humanity be so cruel?
How can we, who are made of the same dirt, scales of flesh, and the same drops of blood-we who are unified by a common thread of emotion, feeling, and understanding-how can we day after day betray this bond?

Is there any other animal so cruel and malicious to its own kind, so selfish that a web, a chain is created that binds a single soul to himself?
We say nature is a cycle, a cruel world of survival. The king of beasts is also the king of inflicting pain and fear. But “to call evil and suffering a beastly cruelty is unjust to the animal world”. Only humans can be so ornately, creatively, and intricately evil.

How can this common breath that we exhale create so much distance, tension, and intimate pain?
Are we breathing the same air?

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