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Food Chain Radio Michael Olson
Urban Farming Agriculturalist
MAN OR BEAST?
Which is most cruel: man or beast?
Guest: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Author of Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil
We sit transfixed as right there on one of television’s nature channels a pride of lions ambushes a zebra, kills it, and eats it. Switching channels, we find ourselves shivering in terror as Shark Week fills the screen with giant great whites turning the blue water red in feeding frenzies.
‘Wow,’ we think, ‘those animals are really cruel! But they do have to eat.’
Then we switch to the evening news and watch as people blow each other up with bombs filled with nails.
‘Wow,’ we think, ‘those people are really cruel! I wonder why?’
The televised carnage we watch leads us to ask: What is the nature of animals in the wild? How does the nature of animals in the wild compare with that of people in civilization? And…