Malcolm the Bear (malcolmthebear) wrote in furry_thinkers,
Malcolm the Bear

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Caring for Life

You know, working in a pet store as long as I have, one might presume I had already thought about this issue long ago...but I guess it's one of those things we take for granted so much that it doesn't get a lot of discussion. Anyways, I thought this question would be highly appropriate here (and a good way to hopefully revive this group a bit):

Why do we as humans feel the desire to take care of other species? The concept of keeping and caring for pets and plants has been around for so many centuries--even millenia. We seem to get so much enjoyment out of it...but why? What need does it fulfill? Does this help solidify the hypothesis that our role on this planet is to be stewards of all around us, or is such an attitude what sparked this behavior in the first place? Is it an evolutionary trait? If so, what did evolution have in mind for us by giving us such impulses?
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