In my last two posts which included an allegory of Weebee the feral cat and a pictorial essay on natural law theory featuring dogs and cats, what became apparent is the critical need livings things have for security and leisure time.
The ancient Greeks and the Medieval, European Christians understood the critical need for leisure as fundamental to the formation of culture (Piper, Joseph, Leisure: The Basis of Culture, Pantheon, 1952).
Again, let Weebee the feral cat illustrate:
Once he was no longer starving and running from predators he did what almost every domestic cat does if given the chance: He sat in the window and looked out on his world.
Similarly, religion and its byproduct, civilization come about because man is able to exit the rat race if only for a time, and look inward and outward on himself and his world. Religions instruct men on the pursuit of excellence, discipline and cooperation.
Animals automatically know how to raise their children and live according to their natures. There is never confusing a pig from a dog, or a cat from a bird. Each animal has its own unique nature and lives it out.
This is not so with man.
Of all the creatures, man has no idea how to live. This is obvious from all the misery, conflict and calamity that men naturally inflict upon themselves and their fellows.
Is religion to blame for that, or is there simply something hinky in man’s human nature?