“Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.”
Mark Twain, (Samuel Clemens – Born November 30, 1835 died April 21, 1910)
~ ~ Grouchy ~ ~
Can’t argue with that one, Grouchy. I guess the luxury of being able to accomplish and experience great things in a way that no other animal can comes with a price.
Good Thought, CW. I’ve heard it said, that every pleasure has its pain, and every pain its pleasure. But that comment goes into a very different area of esoteric thought and meditation.
The left owns that franchise.
From the human standpoint, yes, they do. And sometimes, they go so far as to mask the iron fist in velvet.
I do have to argue with that one CW-Grouchy. There have been a number of studies over the past 50 or so years that seem to indicate that the “higher” apes get some enjoyment out of tormenting other animals and inflicting pain. And I personally wonder about cats who “play” with a mouse or bug before finally killing it.
The context of the time this was written, those studies had not yet been performed. He was right, as far as he knew.
And as for cats,,, I don’t know if we could call it malice aforethought or not. And I do think that “Malice aforethought” would be the key indicator, at any level here.
And then, there’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”,,, but that’s a whole ‘nother story~!
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