We read a story this week, which gave me a deeper feeling about caring for small animals. Everyone in the world knows that animals should be cared for. People often feel pity for large animals like cats and dogs, but for small animals like ants and mosquitoes, they don't care whether they live or die, and it is difficult to feel sympathy. It seems that they just No longer are sentient beings. Sometimes even because mosquitoes bite us, we treat them in various cruel ways. Does harming such small animals count as killing?
In our daily interactions with cats, we can find that each cat has a different personality. They are like people, they eat when they are hungry, sleep when they are sleepy, fight when they are angry, act like a baby when they want to eat snacks, they have all the emotions of human beings. The same is living animals, such as large animals, how come small animals do not have these emotions?
Our house sometimes has some foraging ants, in order to drive them away, but also to prevent them from being hurt by cats and people's feet. We usually put the ants in a potato chip box and let them go back to nature. Sometimes the ants that haven't been released in time have been trapped in the potato chip box. They kept climbing up to the lid to find a way out, and then fell back to the bottom of the box again and again to make a "click" sound. When we squeezed some fruit juice in the box, the ants stopped climbing up and gathered together to suck the honey juice. If we think about it differently, when we are trapped in such a closed and narrow space without food and sunlight, we will also feel very helpless, scared, and want to break out of the cage and return to freedom. Sometimes we find some ants carrying dead companions, trying to move them back to the nest. Doesn't this just show that there is also a feeling of sympathy among the ants? Ants and bugs are also life, but human beings don't observe them carefully and don't understand the emotions between them.
Even if the emotions between small animals cannot be understood by humans, the sense of pain is shared by all living things. When we slap a mosquito flat with our palms, or trample a bug to death with our feet, imagine the feeling of being crushed to pieces. If we are good enough in our hearts, we will not do intentional harm just by thinking about it. Mosquito bites are a nuisance, but they have to do it to survive and for their offspring. Thinking in another way, mosquitoes don’t even know what they did wrong, so they are hated and killed by humans... We should really eliminate any unequal views on life, treat any life with empathy, and love all animals!