Why are children encouraged to like snakes, rodents and all beasts that crawl
on the ground?
Yes, God created everything and everything that lives is part of His perfect
ecosystems but we also know that the human being is elevated above all animals.
"Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?[c]
5 You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels[e]
and crowned them[f] with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their[g] feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!"
It is understandable that people are so preoccupied with their daily living;
working, daily chores, raising children, running from one thing to the next etc,
that there doesn't seem much time or energy to think more deeply about life;
why we are born, the purpose of life etc.
Sometimes it is only a hard blow or a setback that makes us stop in our tracks.
Most people live on the surface of themselves, and not in a derogatory sense,
but in reality; we live superficial lives.
The whole aim of the Church is to reconcile us to God, to make us holy.
(The word "holy" comes from the word "whole", because we are only a small
part of our potential, and thus only "partial"; ( a small part).)
If the reality of our divine potential is not known there is a risk that the human
might identify with animals, and go down to their level.
There is an emphasis in spiritualism "to learn from animals", to observe cats for
example and imitate them.
I love animals and they give me great pleasure, but I do differentiate between
them and me.
And to make rodents and snakes "nice" for children, goes against common sense
and science, because they pose a danger to our health and well being, and should
be viewed as such.
It is twisting things to say that we must "not be prejudiced", because it has to do