I was talking to a deer the other day.

“Well, hello there,” I greeted it. I had stopped my car and rolled down the window.

The deer was standing by the road near my country home. It didn’t make any effort to run away. Rather, it just peered at me with big, innocent eyes, as if it was trying to understand what I was saying.

“You should be careful in the road,” I explained to it. “It’s dangerous, especially at this time of the year with all the cottagers about.”

It seemed to be looking deep into my eyes. And in its eyes I could see that this was no “dumb animal,” that, indeed, it was a creature with the same essence found in all living things. For a moment, I felt our souls connecting, reminding me that we are all One . . .

And then the deer slowly turned and sauntered into the forest, and I drove on.


The physical interdependence among humans, animals, plants, and minerals is amply demonstrated by science. But an emotional and spiritual symbiosis, less obvious perhaps to those living in a largely man-made world, exists as well. In Chief Seattle’s words: “What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts soon happens to man. All things are connected.” These connections arise from the spiritual unity underlying the universe: from the same unknowable divine source all come forth together into apparent separateness as god-sparks . . .  — Sarah Belle Dougherty, Animals and Man