Addressing the use of ‘animal’

To the editor:

An editorial and a letter in the Independent (June 2) both addressed the use of the word “animal” to describe men.

Wild animals and livestock were simply called into being on the sixth day of creation, according to the Bible.

(Genesis 1:24) The creation of man and woman on that same day was unique. “God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and he became a living being.”

(Genesis 2:7) Man, unlike the animals, has a soul, an eternal spiritual essence, an ability to converse with God. Genesis 2 also includes the unique creation of the first woman.

Animal behavior is considered to be physical, by instinct, although animals have shown amazing abilities to care for one another and their masters. As human beings, we promote good behaviors and try to stop and change bad behaviors.

Is the use of derogatory names a good behavior or not?

Trudy Madetzke