Our Animal Friends?

Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human traits, emotions, and intentions to non-human entities and is considered to be an innate tendency of human psychology. Wikipedia

We humans have a long history of doing this, from ancient times onward:

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Löwenmensch figurine

Whether it’s lions and gorillas, or our cats and dogs, humanity has long had an odd relationship with the rest of the animal kingdom. We eat some, adopt others, avoid the rest. Perhaps it’s because of our long history as both predators and prey, or because we seek through animals a greater understanding of our own place in the great scheme of things. From tribes that have animal spirit figures to ancient mythology, some have called this an unecessary habit:

But if cattle and horses and lions had hands
or could paint with their hands and create works such as men do,
horses like horses and cattle like cattle
also would depict the gods’ shapes and make their bodies
of such a sort as the form they themselves have.
-Xenophanes

And still, we have cartoons and comics, from Mickey Mouse to Bugs Bunny and Garfield, that continue to show the human side of animal nature. Is it because we see them as being better than us? Or are we only seeing them through our own human eyes, as something fundamentally alien? And what do the animals think of us?

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