Ingratitude is so much a part of human character that it is best to take it for granted and not feel hurt by it. Nature on the other hand is grateful for the smallest services we render her. No plant or animal ever forgets the drink of water it receives at our hands, or the handful of fodder that we may give it.
We may not be able to prove scientifically that kindness exists outside of the human world, but there is much anecdotal evidence that it does. The video camera’s all-seeing eye now makes it possible to record and share with others acts of cruelty and kindness in the natural world. Perhaps we will all soon see that kindness is not the exclusive province of human beings. Perhaps, too, we will be inspired by the kindnesses among animals to increase and value our own kindness—continuing toward that point of spiritual destiny that all life will share in common.
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