The joy of being animal

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Media Type: Article - Recent

Date of Publication: April 6

Year of Publication: 2021

Publication City: Melbourne, Australia

Publisher: Aeon Media Group

Author(s): Melanie Challenger

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Human exceptionalism is dead: for the sake of our own happiness and the planet we should embrace our true animal nature.

When I visited my grandmother at the undertakers, an hour or so before her funeral, I was struck by how different death is from sleep.

A sleeping individual shimmers with fractional movements. The dead seem to rest in paused animation, so still they look smaller than in life. It’s almost impossible not to feel as if something very like the soul is no longer present. Yet my grandmother had also died with Alzheimer’s. Even in life, something of who she was had begun to abandon her. And I wondered, as her memories vanished, had she become a little less herself, a little less human?

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