I came to this semi-realisation a few months ago; people who dislike animals are not to be trusted. As in, they are probably not very good people.
I don’t mean people who are *afraid* of animals due to some traumatic incident in their past or something, but I mean people who just don’t like animals, and do not care too much about their welfare.
What do you think? Is there anyone here who doesn’t like animals, and would like to defend their virtue (LOL)?
I completely agree with that statement. A lot of the people that I’ve felt wary around I’ve later found that they dislike animals. I also just find it strange that you would dislike or hate something that is simply living its own life.
I can feel you on this to a degree, but I can’t say I don’t trust them…but I definitely don’t understand them.
A friend of mine once told me a WHILE ago, before I actually had the chance to find out it wasn’t exactly true, that he didn’t like music.
I basically went on high alert, so confused by how this could be…I started sending him random genres of songs every so often, trying to see if he was receptive to one of them. Turns out, it’s just that he’s been raised with music as background noise and so it’s less of a passion for him than other things.
Also, people not to be trusted are called rats and snakes. Women are called bitches, chicks, cougars and their genitals are named after an animal too, guess which one! Men are called studs, dogs and pigs! Also people are called lone wolves, monkeys, night owls, sheep, sitting ducks, fuck like rabbits, cunning like foxes, have hawk eyes and give bear hugs. Some are even called Manimal. Animals are inspirational, searching for logic whether or not disliking animals has anything to do with trust – not much.
I hate cats. Fuck you.
I would definitely agree with the fact that there is something strange about people who outright dislike animals. In my opinion it has something to do with a lack of compassion for other living creatures. For example I have known some very selfish, inconsiderate people in my life who also did not like animals and I think that there was a direct relationship between these two things. There’s something about caring for all living things whether human or not that relates to empathy, love, kindness and compassion; all traits that people are naturally drawn to. So I wouldn’t necessarily say that it is that they can’t be trusted, just that it might be justified to question their reasons for not liking animals and figuring out whether or not it is related to their nature in terms of compassion, love and empathy.
There is evidence that people who hurt animals may be psychopaths you shouldn’t trust, but there are also people that just don’t care about animals and selfishness and compassion towards an animal compared to a human being is completely different. So drop the bullshit, please.
I’m not sure that I could make a statement that people who don’t like animals are not to be trusted, but I do find it very strange. But then I would wouldn’t I, because I care about animals a great deal, and to be fair, most people consider my attitude towards animals very strange. I can’t kill anything, and will go to lengths to save the life of something even as small as a fly.
It’s just me, and that’s just them, different strokes for different folks.
@beyond, “compassion towards an animal compared to a human being is completely different”….that’s crap man. It’s a really telling sign how people treat all living things, says a lot about your inner philosophy of what has ‘worth’ in this world and what’s ‘right’.
Sorry, but I will have to desagree. People who don’t like animals (especially pets) are normally very kind people and they normally just don’t really care about animals because they don’t really make them feel anything twords them. I myself don’t like animals, neither dislike them. I think of pets in the same way as I think about livestook, and I can’t really do anything about it, it’s just the way I feel. I love people, I’m very good to everyone and I absolutlly love children, and I always put everyone above me, and many of my friends are allways telling me that being too nice to people can be a double edge sword because bad people can use me and I would not realise it. So I don’t really think that you can judge somebody because of the things that they like or hate xD
@redolent, Nah, I disagree wholeheartedly. You can hate people and love animals more. That’s considered immoral towards humanity, though there are a lot of folks thinking this way. Crap would be generalizing everyone’s morals into one category.
I like animals, though I continue to eat meat. I do so because I don’t see what the alternative is, are the other ways to get protein as good for you as eating meat? I mean, much as I don’t like the whole death part, even in the animal world there are carnivores, so I don’t think eating meat makes you an animal hater. I guess you have to ask the question, are humans inherently carnivorous, and is it even possible to change a carnivore’s diet and still be healthy? For example, I don’t think you could get a wolf, or even a dog, to give up their desire for meat, I think they need it to live.
But I think animals are sweet, they aren’t hateful, and I like it when I see intelligence in them, like when I see the gears turning in my dog’s mind.
@beyond, hah sounded to me like you were generalizing. Ahh well, each to their own, for me, its all about treating ALL animals, including humans, the best possible way I can, thinking how it would be to be in their position, which is the only way to live, for me at least
I’m sort of inclined to agree, but only cos I’ve noticed certain correlations (NOT rules). People who don’t like animals tend to also not like children, and tend to be fairly wary and suspicious of new situations, as if the universe is out to get them. And honestly, I’ve found these people generally have less to offer.
@redolent, Well, that’s somewhat true. And I agree with @theskafish, that some farm animals aren’t taking care of they way they should be. I usually agree with Gandhi considering morals, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”, so we’re not really talking about animals here, are we? Humans indeed suck. :)
And to the OP, trust issues really have nothing to do with your interest in animals.
I think you are right, but I think in regards to the individuals you are speaking about, I do not think its a matter of dislike. I think in fact they do like animals, animals provide an outlet for their frustrations, angers, and all-around douche-baggery.
If someone says they dislike animals, its hard to think of circumstances outside of, (a.) Lack of exposure, or (b.) Bad experience, being the cause.
@tine, That’s not entirely true. A dog can be loyal, cats don’t give much of a fuck to be controlled that easily. Horses need to be tamed also. Of course, treating an animal and taking care of it doesn’t mean to hug it and talk to it because it’s fluffy and cute and you have no real friends.
I don’t like animals in my house. Don’t mind them otherwise. However, I have a child who I adore.
Does this make me a bad person that is not to be trusted OP?
I think you need to open up that narrow mind of yours. Whether a person likes animals or not has absolutely nothing to do with whether they can be trusted or not. If a person has an inclination to hurt animals out of pleasure or what have you, perhaps they should not be trusted.
People who don’t like animals, but are honest about it in spite of social taboo
People who pretend to like animals, because it ‘paints the wrong picture’ not to
People who cut open the chicken because they wanted to find the egg hidden inside
I wouldn’t trust people who appear to like animals…they’re evidently the most likely to lie about it.
I would flip the statement as more of a truth.
I have a higher awareness around people who animals don’t like. I can’t say humans have the best 6th sense at reading people, but animals can sense someone who isn’t a good person. If you don’t like animals but they are cool around you that’s fine, I hate cats, but I’m not a murder. However if you pretend to like them, but always get barked at, hissed at or shunned you are giving off bad vibes that they are picking up on. I mostly rely on dogs to know if someone is worthy of my trust or not.
“I think you need to open up that narrow mind of yours. Whether a person likes animals or not has absolutely nothing to do with whether they can be trusted or not. If a person has an inclination to hurt animals out of pleasure or what have you, perhaps they should not be trusted.”
You’ve made a statement, but haven’t given any reasons. The reason I think that someone is less trustworthy (or maybe I should have said ‘not as good a person as someone who does like animals’) is because animals are completely innocent creatures who suffer a lot due to human activity. If one has no concern for their well-being, I think something must be wrong with their conscience.
Someone asked about whether people who dislike other people are also bad people; I’d say no, because people, unlike animals, aren’t completely innocent creatures. Humanity, as a race, causes great suffering to other organisms (and each other!) whilst knowing better. That’s the key difference, I think, there are valid reasons to not like people, whereas I can see no valid reasons to dislike animals.
Someone else asked whether people who eat meat fall under the ‘bad people’ category too; again, I’d say no, because more than the actual act of killing, I’d say it’s quality of life that matters more. If we’re eating animals that have in all probability lived happy lives (ie; on farms, not in battery cages), I think that’s okay.
I’m sorry, but I will have to desagree with you. People who don’t like animals don’t really have a reason for not liking them, it’s just they don’t think of them as humans and don’t give them human emotions, and there is nothing wrong in thinking in that way, as well as there is nothing wrong in liking animals. If somebody is bad for animals that is one thing, but if somebody is not bad for them and treats them well, but just doesn’t emotionally ataches to them neither really enjoys beng with them, then there is nothing wrong. Studdies shown that people who don’t like animals (especially pets), but are also not bad for them are normally very honest and very good people, and care really a lot more about their families and the well being of the people around them (both freinds and enemies) than people who love animals.
If you love animals than there is nothing wrong and you should not be judge for likking them, as well as people who don’t really like animals but that are not bad for them should also not be judged because of that xD.