I Hope You Don’t Mind, But I Think You Must be Blind
My fifth grade students were discussing the question, “Which is more powerful – hope or fear?” I had found an NPR interview with a finalist in the Kids Philosophy Slam that posed this question a few years ago, and played it for the class. I wanted them to hear the high school student explain why he thought fear was more powerful. Apparently, when I listened to it the first time, I didn’t notice one of his statements. Basically, he surmised that the only animals that feel hope are humans.
Now, if you have a dog or two in your family I think you will agree with me that the thought of humans having sole claim to hope is preposterous . And, if you aren’t familiar with the canine species, I would like to submit the following photos. You be the judge as to whether or not humans are the only animals with the capacity for hope:
Sorry. Don’t know how the Big Mean Kitty one got in there.