Thursday, September 13, 2012
Beasts of Burden
You remember that song by the Rolling Stones don't you? I walk for miles, my feet are hurtin'...nice song.
Anyway, the term "beast of burden" is what a client of ours at work referred to horses as being, the other day. Well, I guess so...but so are we all.
This gal said that she and her mom were riding their horses and they came to a very steep and long hill, so she got off and decided to walk her horse. Her horse was huffing a bit, and was somewhat out of shape and overweight, so she decided that a walk up the hill would benefit both of them, and ease her horse's burden.
A gesture of kindness, I thought. However, her mom laughed and said she was silly to get off and walk up such a steep hill when her horse could so easily carry her up.
Now get this; the mother's horse is older, has serious respiratory issues, extreme difficulty breathing when under exertion and still, the old bag forces her horse to continue on up the steep hill, huffing and puffing with effort carrying not only his own burden, but her extra weight as well. I asked why would her mom do this to her horse? And she replied, because horses are beasts of burden.
I suppose they are, but I had to comment that we are too. She didn't agree. My argument of course, is that the Bible tells us that for 6 days you shall labor, by the sweat of your brow and do all your work. On the 7th day, you shall rest. It even stipulates that our animals shall have a day of rest. If that doesn't classify us as beasts of burden, I don't know what would.
And regardless of your opinion on this subject, I still say that we should all be compassionate and kind to our animals, and others, no matter what their classification in life may or may not be. An animal of any kind, and all people are still emotional beings. We all have feelings, sensitivities, likes and dislikes, opinions about things in general, and that warrants a thinking, feeling being of being worthy of, and deserving of, kindness. Simple, compassion and kindness. It costs us nothing, save a little effort perhaps on our part, but still..."do unto others as you would have them do unto you". The Golden Rule does not stipulate your age, sex...or your genotype.
If ever there was a rule that encompasses all, it is that one. Period.
People can be so dense. Or maybe it's just an excuse to be mean, or their pitiful attempt at believing they're superior. Whatever...
The Bible does give us authority over the "beasts"...but remember, when given authority over anything or anyone else, there comes great responsibility. And accountability. Even if only, eventually...
for everyone will reap that which they have sown. A beautiful reminder for us all. We're given so many gifts in this life, not the least of which are our beautiful animals. They truly are worthy of our love, respect and kindness. As we all are.
from a fellow beast of burden on this day, in this life of mine.
May your be wonderful!!