A Little Less Human

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In our front yard is a ditch lined with rocks that funnel an underground water spring along the border of our property. Earlier today I was weed whacking in this area when I noticed movement in the tall grass. Immediately I realized it was a snake about three feet long and that the weed eater had tagged it, fortunately, before it tagged me. I asked my wife to bring me a rake and I used it to pick up the reptile to try to see the damage which had been done. I only nicked it and the snake soon began to let me know it wasn’t happy with me by showing it’s fangs, hissing and trying to get away.
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Snakes aren’t bad. Even poisonous ones don’t know their harmful or deadly. My wife told me to kill it. Even a truck load of kids picking up trash on the side of the road yelled at me to end it’s life. I decided, however, to take it across the road and let it go.

My wife shook her head and said; “Must be the monk in you.” I smiled and replied; “Maybe, I just believe when we harm or kill another living thing we make ourselves a little less human.”

blessings,
@BrianLoging
http://www.thewannabesaint.com

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Posted on April 18, 2015, in Contemplative and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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