You’re such an animal!!!
Don’t act like an animal!!!
What an animalistic behavior!!!
It’s not that I hear it especially often—mostly in the media after epic tragedies or even from teachers and random parents . But each time I do, it gives me pause. A common phrase blurted out passionately met with nods of agreement and empathetic words. While, no doubt, I grasp the underlying emotion—the shock and disgust with the crime’s perpetrators and heartrending sympathy felt for their victims—I falter in my mind, if only for a moment. A crack in a pathway of thoughts passing by that causes me to misstep and sends me off course.
Tigers, timber wolves, grizzly bears, leopards—carnivores in all shapes and sizes whose role in life demands that they hunt routinely to survive—don’t intentionally prey with malice. In fact, nature calls them to do so efficiently, sparing the victim unnecessary suffering as well as conserving their own energy.
Likewise the leopards in the zoo, bite into their meal with no more hostility than I watch my friends and family cut into a steak.
You’re such an animal,” spoken by ignorant society , capturing the essence of some beastly creature seen within. But, even then, it gives me the anger . The animal we briefly glimpse in those moments is not some malevolent predator, lurking inside us and ready to pounce, bent on some instinct to bring others harm, but instead just another reflection of ourselves.
In truth, what we see in those moments is much more human than animal.