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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Half-Male, Half-Female Butterfly Debuts at London Museum

To read an article entitled,;Half-Male, Half-Female Butterfly Debuts at London Museum please click on the following link: http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/07/13/half-male-half-female-butterfly-debuts-at-london-museum/#more-82401

The reason I am mentioning this article is not because of the fact that such a rare butterfly came into this World, but rather to indicate my disgust with the fact that this butterfly was forced against its will, to live inside the Natural History Museum in London, England!! What right did the curators of this Museum have to forceably  move this butterfly into captivity? Why do some humans think they have the right to hold animals of any kind in captivity?  Well of course the reason that this Museum is forcibly confining this butterfly in its Museum is for monetary reasons! They hope the butterfly will bring people into the museum. This is not justification for what the curator and other members of the museum staff are doing to this butterfly or for that matter the other insects (and animals) they are keeping captive for the amusement and entertainment of humans! It is this mentality  which is causing so many problems in our World, because we are disturbing the balance of nature and exploiting nature for our own selfish reasons so badly, that we are placing all of the life on this planet in jeopardy of extinction!
I say that such museums need to be taught a lesson, that any museum  or zoo that holds any form of life against its will and ends its  right to life in its natural environment, is immoral,selfish and irresponsible! What kind of knowledge can people who work in these places (scientists) hope to gain anyway when the environment is not a natural one? 

Source of image:http://rickpdx.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/gynandromorphic_b-fly.jpg


Note: To see what the real  butterfly which is being held captive in the London Museum you will have to click on the link I provide above.  To learn more about Gynandromorphs which is the scientific name for this type of animal  please visit the following websites:  (1)  http://www.daltonstate.edu/galeps/Gynandromorphs.htm (2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gynandromorph       I sent the museum an email regarding this decision to hold this butterfly captive and ! I hope some of you who care about animals and think no animal should be forced to be held against its will, will do the same by writing a message to the museum. You can do this by clicking on this link:       http://www.nhm.ac.uk/about​-us/contact-enquiries/form​s/visitor-feedback.jsp 

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed



Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia



A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed



Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein



The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi



The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller



Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns



Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama



Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -



Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being



The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.