#TNI is the title of a ten question forum that happens every Thursday might (my time) Since I am fresh to Twitter, it feels random and appropriate that I participated last night for the third time.
A few thought (s) came to mind during #TNI.
Humans think of- and talk about animals as though they are something totally different to us. And I disagree to the use of this word when it excludes us. This is where misunderstanding, mistreatment, and abuse of animals may stem from. We are animals, if we understand and accept this or not. Both us and all other animals suffer from humans not accepting our brothers as equal.
The more we try to find unique human characteristics, the less we find. We are primates in a family of other fascinating yet often endangered species.
Travelling is a complex behaviour, one that is often exalted and used by humans to distinguish themselves. As if they are more special because they travel. I am not convinced. less time we spend in our home range, less we know our home culture.
Knowing foreign cultures and lands come at this price. And the benefit of exotic knowledge is cheaper than ignorance of local circumstance. In humble attitudes local knowledge is enriched by exotic experience.
On a local news channel last night, they showed a clip of a bull in Spain jumping over the wall into the crowd of blood loving animal humiliating spectators. A few got injured, and eventually the bull got roped up.
This is a wake up call. As humans we have to bury our narcissism, self indulgence and learn about the trauma and behaviour of animals. This was a Gladiator jumping into the crowd. Ignorance makes us enjoy the suffering of animals and humans alike. This is self destructive behaviour.
Before we all implode, my optimistic take.
Last night on #TNI ( Travellers Night In..?) I met new friends and learned of their amateur experience in my profession:Travelling. Though most of us experience this as moving around and using trains and buses, I believe this is a mental journey. An art, to travel is an art.