Day 106 – Shadow’s Transformation

12 Animal Farm Quotes that Will Open Your Eyes

In 1945, Animal Farm by George Orwell was released into the world. This novella tells the story of farm creatures overthrowing their harsh human owner, only to see themselves become no better in the end. It animates the events of the Russian Revolution. Here are the top 12 quotes from this thought provoking book:

1 – “Man is the only creature that consumes without producing.” (Old Major, Chapter 1)

Are we more than exploiting the earth and animals? Or are we destined to radiate greed until our species comes to an end?

2 – “I do not know when that Rebellion will come, it might be in a week or in a hundred years, but I know, as surely as I see this straw beneath my feet, that sooner or later justice will be done.” (Old Major, Chapter 1)

Old Major’s words of wisdom. He dies with hope of revolution and freedom for the future of his kind.

3 – “Weak or strong, clever or simple, we are all brothers.” (Old Major, Chapter 1)

All different, and all connected. We have to stick together.

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4 – “Rings shall vanish from our noses, And the harness from our back, Bit and spur shall rust forever, Cruel whips no more shall crack.” (A Piece from Beasts of England, Chapter 1)

Dreaming of freedom in songs and chants. Songs send sparks of revolution into the hearts of all the creatures.

5 – “…those ribbons that you are so devoted to are the badge of slavery. Can you not understand that liberty is worth more than ribbons?” (Snowball, Chapter 2)

Lesson: Do not let glamour distract from the ultimate goal. Do not let the luxuries blind the fact of slavery.

6 – “All the animals capered with joy when they saw the whips going up in flames.” (Narrator, Chapter 2)

Slaves, no more! Celebrating with smoke and flames…

7 – “The 7th Commandment: All animals are equal” (Chapter 2)

No one is above anyone else. We are all in this together.

8 – “…the others had to be content with this cryptic answer.” (Narrator, Chapter 3)

Are they trying to deceive us? Never take answers for their face value. There’s always something else going on behind closed doors…

9 – “…the animals worked like slaves. But they were happy in their work…” (Narrator, Chapter 6)

If the work has meaning, it’s not really work, is it? Who are we working for?

10 – “…they had come to a time when no one dared speak his mind, when fiercer, growling dogs roamed everywhere, and when you had to watch your comrades torn to pieces after confessing to shocking crimes.” (Narrator, Chapter 7)

Living under the gun…we are free to speak…but are we, truly?

11 – “Their lives now, they reasoned, were hungry and laborious; was it not right and just that a better world should exist somewhere else?” (Narrator, Chapter 9)

There must be more to life than lives of labor and suffering, right? Is there more to life than work, sweat, blood, and tears? Does a better world exist?

12 – “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” (Narrator, Chapter 10)

The greedy, power hungry, and selfish – they are all the same.

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What an Armadillo Can Teach you

In southern states of the U.S. and all the way down into South America, armadillos of different shapes and sizes roam the lands. Here are ten awesome facts about these peculiar creatures:

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1. Armadillos live and love to dig.

In fact, their digging is what keeps them alive. Whether it’s digging burrows or scouring the ground out for insect meals, this is what they’re known for.

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2. The digging habit of armadillos is closely related to their location on the map.

In southern areas, the soil is soft enough for these creatures to dig as much as their little claws desire. The harder the soil, the more difficult it is to do their work. This is why an armadillo won’t be spotted in the northern states where the soil is cold and callous.

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Aside from needing soft soil, armadillos just aren’t built for cold weather. With little stores of fat in their anatomy, they’re often forced to cuddle up in burrows when cold weather hits their habitats.

3. There are 20 different varieties of the armadillo and only one, the nine banded armadillo, can be found in the U.S.

So if you want to see the diverse sizes and colors of the armadillo species, you’ll have to venture down to the warm climates of South America.

4. The nine banded armadillo is the state mammal of Texas.

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The scientific name for this specific variety of the armadillo is Dasypus novemcinctus. Though Texas has claimed this animal as Her official state mammal, nine banded armadillos can also be found in the U.S states of Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Kansas.

5. Armadillos found in South America can be much larger than those known in the U.S. They can even grow up to five feet long and 120 pounds. 

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On the other end of the spectrum, they can be as small as five inches and weigh 3 ounces.

6. The word “armadillo” comes from the Spanish language and means, “Little armored one.”

The term “nine banded” is in reference to the number of bands on the shell of the armadillos found in the southern U.S. The scientific name for armored mammals is xenarthra cingulata.

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Mammal + Armor = Armadillo (Xenarthra cingulata)

7. The rough and tough looking shells on the backs of armadillos are there for protection.

Everything serves a purpose, right? Though the shells may look odd to humans, these creatures depend on their firm coating to guard against predators. They are the only mammals to sport these shells of armor.

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Unfortunately, their soft bellies are prone to attack from predators, but the armadillos will sometimes sink down into the dirt when they are under attack to protect the soft side and let their enemies face the rigid shells.

8. A diet of an armadillo primarily includes insects, but they also eat plants and small vertebrates (this could include anything from a tiny fish or lizard up to a little mouse).

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9. Armadillos have terrible eyesight, but make up for this with their amazing sense of smell.

When digging down in the dirt, they use their long snouts to sniff out their dinner.

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With such poor eyesight, it’s pretty easy to sneak up on an armadillo, especially one who is hard at work digging out a new burrow. A close encounter with one of these creatures can be common, but one should always respect the territory and be careful not to spook the armadillo.

10. Armadillos are descendants of a prehistoric creature called the “glyptodon.”

Apparently, these big guys were around the size of a small car.

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Life advice from the armadillo: When facing stressful times, focus on your strengths. Though they look a little odd and might destroy your yard from time to time, armadillos are awesome creatures that deserve to live on this planet just as much as any other unique species of earth.

Thank you very much for reading this post. My armadillo buddies and I are eternally grateful.

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References “Nine-Banded Armadillo (Dasypus Novemcinctus).” Texas Parks and Wildlife, https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/species/dillo/. “Armadillos.” National Geographic, https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/group/armadillos/

“Armadillo (Xenarthra cingulata).” San Diego Zoo Animals and Plants, http://animals.sandiegozoo.org/animals/armadillo

This is How We Benefit From All Animals

Each animal in nature is a textbook of information all in itself. There’s much to be learned from these creatures if we take the time to slow down and observe. Most of us see small birds and bugs several times throughout the day and never have a passing thought about them. We go to the zoo and watch dozens of unique species and yet fail to learn anything for ourselves.

Personally love animals, so of course I’m biased. But there are valuable lessons to be learned from the species other than humans, and taking the time to learn can help us in other ways than knowledge alone.

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Here I’m going to list the reasons why learning about amazing animals will help you in return for your time and attention.

1 – Learning about different animals will force you to slow down for a moment. 

Everything in this world is on a time table. We’re forced to slave over the clock and attempt to jam as much work and errands into one day as possible. Though the world works this way, it’s not very healthy for the human mind. We’re stressed and overworked, always worried about money, and rarely take breaks for ourselves.

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Commit yourself to spending 5-10 minutes learning a little bit about the animals of the earth each week. This time spend learning will distract you and force you to sit down for a breather. We could all use a little break, and why not spend that break reading something interesting?

2 – As you read about species all over the planet, you will start to see the bigger picture.

With work, school, kids, etc., it’s easy to drift into a routine of the daily modern life. When we do this, we forget that a universe outside of our internal daily world even exists. Learning about unique creatures all over the planet will help you leave the stressful small world inside your home or office and see that the earth is a huge place full of diversity.

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See the world for all it is instead of constantly centering in on your own life. This will make simple stressors seem less significant.

3 – You will grow connected with the animals as you learn about them. 

As humans, we crave connection. We are social beings by nature and need to bond with others to feel fulfilled deep down. This connection doesn’t always have to be with other humans. In fact, you can create bonds with any living soul whether it’s a little frog in your backyard or a massive lion in a conservation center. Take the time to learn, observe, and grow a connection with an animal of any kind and you will feel warmth in your heart.

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4 – By observation and research, we can actually learn from the animals.

The introduction of this post mentions this, but I’d like to expand on my perspective more. My goal is to do separate posts along this journey for each species and what humans can learn from each of them, so I will keep this part general and less specific. Animals are instinctively wise creatures in many areas where humans are not. They raise their young, survive in harsh conditions, and can live independently from human society by nature. They are born with more of this innate knowledge unlike humans who need to be taught most everything in life.

The habits of animals have the potential to teach us more about our own lives – whether literally or  metaphorically. But we must first pay attention and take the time to learn and see these creatures in a different light. Animals are not lesser beings than humans, they are only different beings. And we can all learn from those different than ourselves.

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5 – Learning new things will open your mind.

Having a routine life isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, humans crave the act of having a set routine to follow each day. However, this can have negative consequences when we begin to only see the aspects of our daily habits. Learning the diversity that the world holds will force you out of your daily comfort zone and allow you to see more of the planet around you. You will be able to expand your knowledge discover new things about the world you may not have otherwise known without reading a little bit about a unique critter.

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I truly believe there’s much to be learned from the Animal Kingdom on this earth, and cracking the book open on creatures is good for human wellness as well.

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Thank you for reading this post. I hope you join me in my madness of learning about every species on earth. Have a good day!


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2 TRUE Life LESSONS FROM CATTLE

Cows are large, simple creatures that don’t do much other than grazing and standing around. I’ve been around cattle my entire life and never thought much about these animals. But when stopping to think about it, there’s actually a couple of things that people could learn from simple, grazing cattle:

1 – When cattle are hungry they come in masses (just like people).

Cows are hungry for grass mostly, or cattle feed, but people are hungry for life. Something about being unhappy leads unhappy people to crave others’ life force. People love to suck the life out of and feed off of the goodness of others.

So if you experience some success, be prepared to face the herds. Because most aren’t persistent enough to find their own happiness; they sulk and suck from others. Most aren’t brave enough to seek out their own life.

Make your own life, make your own happiness, and don’t let anyone take it from you.

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2 – It’s natural to follow the herd.

When one cow gets spooked and takes off running, usually the rest of the herd will take off running in the same direction. The other cows have no clue why they’re running, they just do what everyone else in the herd is doing.

As people we might not actually take off running when others run, but it is typically natural for us to follow what everyone else is doing. We’re more individualistic in modern times, but at our core we are social creatures. We like to belong. So it’s only human to desire to be like others.

However, we do have the power to branch out. And thankfully the world is so diverse and connected over long distances nowadays that being different locally, might not mean being totally outcasted. We’re all unique and don’t have to follow the herd if we don’t want to. It’s okay to feel the pull and desire to follow, and it’s okay to rationally think about if you actually want to go in the same direction or not.

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Thanks for reading this post. We can learn from even the simplest of creatures if only we have the courage to observe. (Don’t get me wrong, cows aren’t the brightest but I love cows. I don’t eat meat, either.)

The hungry will try to eat your happiness and you don’t have to follow the herd.

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Dear Rescue Pet…Thank You

Years ago I walked into the shelter expecting to find a furry companion. That room full of animals was overwhelming and heartbreaking. I found myself wanting to grab every furry soul in the room.

Soon, I made eye contact with you. You were odd and alone, not following me around like the others. You sheepishly groomed yourself as I approached. I hesitantly reached out to test the waters, but you met my gesture with friendly enthusiasm.

Once I picked you up and held you in my arms I knew I had found a forever friend.

The paperwork felt endless but with you in my arms I didn’t care. We had already connected and I would have stayed all weekend signing my name if it meant I could keep you.

The ride home was a bonding experience I’ll never forget. I spoke to you and you continuously spoke back. I chose a name that fit your style and started saying it repeatedly. I kept my hand on you and you rubbed along my skin as we drove to my apartment.

That day of adoption was over two years ago. Isn’t that crazy? I feel like I’ve known you all my life.

When I’m sad, you comfort me. When I’m happy, you show me love. When I’m lonely, you cuddle up next to me. When I’m lost, you walk the mysterious path alongside me.

That day at the shelter I didn’t gain a friend – I found a tiny piece of my soul. I didn’t adopt a companion – I discovered treasure beyond belief. I didn’t rescue an animal – an animal rescued me.

Yes, Rescue Pet, you heard me correctly. I didn’t rescue you, you rescued me. You saved me. You are one of the most precious gifts life has given.

Thank you for entering my life, little one. I promise to always love and cherish you. You will always have a home and we will always be together.

Sincerely,

A Rescued Human


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