Dog Innocence

By Peter Darcy | On Sep 15, 2015 | No Comments | In Dogs

Her species has been granted limited but significant intellect, also emotions and hope. What most separates her from humankind and from other higher life forms isn’t mental capacity, however, but her innocence. The dog’s self-interest expresses only in matters of survival, never degenerating into the selfishness that is expressed in an infinite variety of ways by those who consider themselves her betters. This innocence carries with it a clarity of perception that allows her to glory in the wonder of creation in even the most humble scene and quiet moment, to be aware of it every minute of every hour, while most human beings pass days or even weeks—and too often whole lives—with their sense of wonder drowned in their sense of self.

[Dean Koontz, One Door Away From Heaven, Bantam Books: New York, NY, 2001, p. 322.]

Written by Peter Darcy

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