Animals – Do you really know how they feel?

by Todd Smith on February 16, 2009

Last week’s newsletter featured a number of animals that came across my path. It’s funny how easily we identify with animals, yet we really have no clue what the world is like for them.

We see an eye and think we know what they are thinking, feeling, seeing. We see an expression which reminds us of emotions that we know. But do we really?

How sure are you that you even understand the humans in your life?

All I really know is what I think and how I feel. And maybe that’s all I ever need to know…

How can we really see from another point of view except our own? Yet we never stop projecting what it must be like.

How do you project what you are thinking onto someone else?

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Diane February 17, 2009 at 11:11 am

What wonderful wonderful images Todd. I’m especially taken with that second horse (a Morgan, I believe) and all the shots of the chickens! They’re great.

As a lifetime animal lover and guardian, I am one of those who really dislikes when people anthropomorphize pets. That said, I fully and deeply know that animals have feelings and I do look to understand their feelings. The ‘trick’, if a person dares call it that, is to know and understand each species body language — that is really the best way to begin to understand their feelings.

I like very much that you ask the question.

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Todd Smith February 18, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Diane – This is where I need help from people like you… I didn’t know that was (probably) a Morgan. Sure is a beautiful horse.

It’s an interesting question, isn’t it? I know animals have feelings like I do. And I know people have feelings like I do too. But then when I really think about it, the world of another is as foreign to me as the farthest galaxy. Just the same, I love to communicate all I can. 🙂

LisaNewton February 18, 2009 at 10:25 pm

I’ve often looked at an animal and wondered what they were thinking or feeling. I usually try to look at their eyes and as Diane said, their body language, but I’m not sure if I’m reading their body language correctly………………….:)

Great photos. Love the chicken ones the best, especially the idea of the feet. It’s a very different perpective.

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Todd Smith February 18, 2009 at 11:06 pm

I couldn’t help myself from getting on the ground and looking up at the chickens, but you know I paid the price. 🙂

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