Tuesday, March 27, 2007
This elephant seems really happy
Today I read about Twiggy the water skiing squirrel. That got me thinking about how obsessed humans seem to be about anthropomorphoism. Anthropomorphoism is the attribution of human characteristics, qualities or behavior to non-human beings---usually forces of nature, inanimate objects, or animals.
Hence, we 'name' our cars, talk to our computers, call the wind "angry," and are immensely amused when animals act like humans.
Why are we so amused and compelled by talking cats, elephants painting pictures, squirrels water skiing, dogs watching t.v., and chimpanzees reading the newspaper?
((aside: one of the most EFFECTIVE advertising techniques (besides naked ladies & babies) is cute talking animals)).
Well, I don't know. But here are some further thoughts..... Is anthropomorphosizing animals a way of confirming our superiority? Or it is our way of loving these fellow creatures?