Natural versus normal connection

David Schwartz of WPKN in Connecticut interviewed me on the radio last
night regarding my new book, LIKE an ANIMAL: When Being Human is not Enough.

In the book I mention that at age four, I turned my attention from
a “normal life” to relate more to animals. The radio host interpreted this
as a very painful turning point for me. Not at all. I simply realized that
humans, in our ego-protective pretenses and lies, seldom act like the noble
animals we are cut out to be. And so I decided at an early age to choose the
company of species more open, more honest, hence, more relevant to any
child who by nature is open and honest as the animal s/he is born to be.

If you are reading this blog, I don’t have to tell you that we suffer most
when we lose a dearly beloved ‘pet’ – than when we lose a parent or sibling
or friend or lover – simply because our connections with pets go so much
deeper due to the fact there are no cover-ups between us. Only a pure,
unadulterated, full-bodied heart-to-heart, mind-to-mind, awareness.

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