I'm reading this book on Alice's recommendation. I understand it's a big part of the inspiration for the Empathy Foundation. I'm keen to discuss ideas and questions about the ideas in this book. It's blowing my mind!
If we look at what is considered mild corporal punishment of children, what are the implications for animals? When my dog chews a bucket, rendering it useable, and swat her on the nose, am i buying into old ideas of what is acceptable? I suspect that animals are much more intelligent and emotionally developed than we give them credit for, and i'm starting to question how we discipline them and try to shape their behavior as well.
Reading that an association for protection of animals had more members than one for the protection of children in the middle ages was shocking to me, of course it gave me a sense of the evolution of the relationships and what is considered 'acceptable' but it also lead me to wonder about violence toward animals. It is a source of deep pain for me and now that we have two dogs i find myself partaking in what could be considered violence toward the dogs as we discipline them, i don't even like yelling at them but it seems that tone of voice is what they respond to.
What are your thoughts, experiences, feelings on this?