Buddhists believe that many animals can be kind.
But scientists say that kindnesss is rarely, if ever, seen in animals.
The words of the documentary’s narrator
haunt me as I try to make sense of a photo
that flashes on my screen the next morning:
a 13 years-old with a pump-action shot gun, smiling.
Is the opinion of these noted scientists then
that kindness is only seen in humans?
In this child-man voguing aim – fire – kill, for example?
Should we put this out for a vote?
Ask the doe who nuzzles her fawn,
the chimpanzee who mourns a fallen brother.
the elephant rejoicing at the sight of a long lost friend.
Ask the hunter, the marksman,
the ones who hang severed heads on walls,
ask ourselves……….who is the kindest of them all?