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Our Animals Teach us Unconditional Love: Can we Learn to Love One Another the Same Way? — 17 Comments

  1. Beautiful article. What greater love is there then when an animal give you their whole being heart and soul. Pure and perfect love. They don’t care if you are skinny or large or rich or poor or anything else. They just love us with every fiber of their being.

  2. What a beautiful article, Jo. I surely do wish folks would learn from animals. They are so innocent and pure in their loving relationships. Here is a photo of my late Esther (cat) sleeping with her Collie buddy Magic. He still “looks” for her. He is blind, but he still noses around for her and I know he misses his bed buddy.

    • I makes me sad to think that Magic misses Esther. You can’t tell how much he misses her. You see signs. I’d bet he misses her more than we imagine. Thanks for sharing.

  3. For the record “Agápe (ἀγάπη agápē) means love in a “spiritual” sense. It is a Greek word for love. I didn’t know this but just looked it up.

  4. The picture is so very beautiful in every way and magnificently illustrates Jo’s point about pure love and the utter lack of “isms”— whether it’s racism, sexism, religionism, specism, or any other. So good to see you back in print, Jo!

  5. What a lovely article, Jo. I always enjoy what you have to say. I know I have been the VERY lucky recipient of unconditional love from all of the cats who have shared their lives with me. I try hard to return it to them in the same fashion, as best I can.

  6. Echoing Ruth’s thoughts, definitely. And having been raised literally since conception “with cat,” I can testify to the pure, unadulterated, unconditional loyalty, patience and love cats have always given me. Sixty-seven cats have graced my life so far, and every one of them is a unique and precious jewel to me. My beloved parents and ancestors taught me about compassion, kindness, respect, and personal responsibility toward those who give us such unparalleled treasures. It goes out from there, not always successfully, I must admit; but it is Life Lesson #1 to be learned over a lifetime. Never stop learning. To me, that is the basis of faith, and the reason for living.

  7. What beautiful comments-

    How fortunate we are to have such amazing teachers in our lives- and how much we can learn not only from our furry companions, but from each other.

    I am so moved by the outpouring of support here on this site- it appears we are learning so much from our beloved animal companions- no matter what species they happen to be. Happy New Year to all..

  8. What a refreshing article to read early in the morning. We can learn so much from animals, especially our family pets. Marvin came into Daisy’s life in her last year on earth, and it was beautiful to watch. I think Marvin knew she was ill, long before I did. The attached photo was posted before, but it is worth posting again. Sweet touch of the paw. (Michael, if it appears upside down, please fix it, and sorry!)


    • DW I have done my picture rotation duties! One thing I particularly like about the picture is that they are touching paws. It is just touching, no more. Charlie does that with me. It is a very gentle and beautiful form of contact.

      How many spouses gently touch their partner daily, many times daily, just to remind them that they love them?

  9. yay – I’m back! Had a whole day with my cats yesterday and I feel much much better and they seem happy to see me actually!

    I love this article – it’s great. Jo really writes great articles. Thank you Jo.

    I think we all understand this very clearly because we all love our cats without any conditions. I know I do 🙂

    • I expect there was an outpouring of unconditional between you are your cats on your arrival. You should have videoed it so we could see what it looks like 😉

      Glad you are back. Hope you had a nice break. Happy New Year.

  10. Yes Agape is beautiful selfless love and only animals can ever truly feel that way. Even a saintly person like Mother Theresa was not as pure as an animal, it’s said she was not vegetarian because Roman Catholics believe animals are for people to eat.
    People can think and reason for themselves and must know it’s wrong for other living creatures to be born only to be killed, some live in dreadful conditions, some die horribly.
    Animals live by instinct, purely as Nature made them, yes they killed because they had to, some still have to, to survive.
    Sadly humans came along and took over the world and now it’s full of hate and wars and selfishness and cruelty. So to see a picture like the one above takes us to how the world should be and how all humans should be, whether rich or poor, black or white.
    Agape could save this world if every person practised it!

    • Ruth, I have a feeling that although we know what unconditional love is and it does exist between some individual people, it will never be used universally. Humans are just not made that way. Agape is a high ideal way out of our reach.

  11. Lovely article that reminds me of me – I mean people and how we often fail when it comes to unconditional love. I have a feeling that a lot people don’t really know what it means. People can tend to be a bit selfish.

    The best marriages are ones based on trust, acceptance and unconditional love where “love” does not mean “lust”.

    We certainly can learn from animals and DW knows that I have a soft spot for interspecies friendships.

    I have one in mind that I posted years ago.

    The post is about a cute relationship between deer and cat.

    There are many other examples on PoC of close interspecies relationships.

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