The real difference between humans and other animals

caged“This then, it seems to me, is the real difference between humans and other animals: We can take imprisonment but not pain, and all the rest of life on our planet can accept pain but finds imprisonment unbearable. Perhaps then it’s not surprising that we call imprisonment without pain ‘humane’. If you’ve ever watched chickens in battery cages, you know nature doesn’t see it that way.”

2005.04.13