"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid and the calf, and the young lion and the fatted calf together... and a little child shall lead them."
is this not all of our dreams? is this not what every animal lover secretly covets in their hearts? to be the innocent child who leads them.
shit..it is what i want.
i believe every animal loving freak (including me...) has a secret desire to be...Dr. Dolittle.
we want to talk with the animals, walk with the animals...it is the child that still lives within us.
and thank god for that child..else all of the animals on earth would be totally screwed.
but note the last sentence......"and the little child shall lead them."
leading is work.
that passage from the bible (not that i understand the bible in the least..cuz what i read of it in my younger days was just weird...and quite honestly at the time i was a wanna-be hippy and probably stoned (hey! no judging..it was the early 70's...even president clinton was smoking pot, he just apparently wasn't inhaling like i did!)..... so at that far away time in my young, fogged up life it would have seemed even weirder to me.)...but..i do like this particular passage (and a couple of others as well) cuz i can sort of understand what whoever was writing it was talking about.
anyway...being a leader is not free and easy...i think it would be pretty darn hard work and take a ton of consistent effort (i am not near to Dr. Dolittlism yet....i still sometimes just get mad and yell at everyone to stop being dickheads....Dolittle never did that!)
haha..like just right now...1030 at night and i had to stop writing this to go outside and yell at fergus who was out there barking for no reason and tell him to get his stupid ass butt in the house and shut the hell up.
he is such a dipstick.
anyway..just so we are honest and clear..i too am not yet the child to lead them.
but i "get it"...i can "see it"....from a distance of course, of how the peaceable kingdom actually works.
it works by not blaming or resenting or getting frustrated with the animals you are shepherding. it works by knowing their natures and accepting those natures as a real part of nature and loving and respecting them anyway. and it works cuz the child leading them is smart enough to keep a close eye on the wolf and the leopard and lion and making sure their belly's are already full while they are hanging out with the lamb, and the kid and that sweet juicy fatted calf.
shit... i better go to bed now..lo and behold!...i am getting theological.....from a skewed rescue perspective tho.