“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
– Abraham Lincoln
While reading through my collection of animals quotes for yesterday’s post, one particular quote stuck out. It reminded me of the above feature quote, which has been part of my email signature for 20 years – I have always been intrigued by the fact that we are better at facing obstacles in some ways, than we are at accepting our strengths.
In keeping with the theme of some of the posts from the last few days, I thought this quote would be good for today’s Food For Thought Friday series. I don’t think it requires any further explanation, these two quotes say it all.
“Animals are more than ever a test of our character,
of mankind’s capacity for empathy and for decent,
honorable conduct and faithful stewardship.
We are called to treat them with kindness,
not because they have rights or power
or some claim to equality,
but in a sense because they don’t;
because they all stand
unequal and powerless before us.
Animals are so easily overlooked,
their interests so easily brushed aside.
Whenever we humans enter their world,
from our farms to the local animal shelter
to the African savanna, we enter as lords of the earth
bearing strange powers of terror and mercy alike.”
– Matthew Scully
Dominion: The Power of Man
How will you use your power?
Thank you, thank you, thank you!