It is a fact that despite our claims that humane behaviour (a word derived from human) is kind, respectful and considerate to all involved, that we as a species have some of the most hideous examples of neglectful and cruel individuals among us. From animal torturers and baiters to scientists using the living bodies of conscious beings for research, this sick and disturbing activity of deliberately causing pain and suffering continues. We are all aware.
In our communities and authorities, we have organisations set up strictly for the benefit of neglected life, be it human or animal. They are represented by a thinly spread band of giving and loving people, able to spare some of their time and resources for those who need help.
When we drop our rules and dogmas, our pretense and tradition, we realise that an animal has no different a life essence, basic awareness, than ourselves. Perhaps they do not have the complex mind that we have, who knows, however, they do feel. Our feelings are sacred to us, core, integral, who we are, the same is said to the animal. To violate the feelings of a living being, no matter the species, is to deny everything sacred about your own life. It denies your feelings as something to be ignored, as what goes for one goes for another.
It is for this reason that when we are confronted with an image of suffering, that we have no control over and have no ability to help, the feelings of crushing powerlessness overcome us. When we see the wounded animal, the helpless eyes, the innocence, the suffering of the soul that sounds like our own, our compassion has no where to go. When people spread images such as this around, it results in a wave of challenging feelings that do not help anyone, and can in fact remove the observer from their natural flow of doing their best for their community.
My advice would be to not share images of suffering. Tell of it, speak of it, educate and inform, but I personally do not feel that witnessing the violence and crimes first hand is going to help me or the victim. We can help reduce the spread of this cruelty by spending some time to choose an organisation that you feel best suits your priorities for helping, and offering what resource you have to them. Either money, time, goods, networking, however you feel best able to help.
Whether it is good or bad, spreading something around, will only further its reach.
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