The value of nature programsI am watching a National Geographic special on emperor penguins. The great value of these shows is to come to appreciate being a member of my species. The horrid and arbitrary brutal cruelties of their life challenges make almost all of the complaints I hear from people about their lives seem like very bad jokes. We have been lucky enough to make our lives pretty smooth.
But what does strike me is that these creatures must have their moments of great elation when things go right, just as they may well feel grief when things go awry. And there are a great number of things that can go badly awry!
I think I shall stick with being a human.