Animals and humans are alike!
But, humans swarm more, making them a lot more beastly generally than most animals; for all their good works, promises and softly-spoken words: within a subject of ‘historically analysing group behaviour’ and the effect that those words (love and devotion…) actually have on the overall quality (kindness) of human behaviour. The Rwanda atrocities being one ‘small’ modern example: these seem to be enhanced by groups (religions) that go in for emphasizing greater morality, personal virtue, exclusion of unbelievers, and some dogma of denial. This reaction is totally in reverse to what was intended and caused by the enhancing of group (religious or race or culture or economic) loyalties to an unpalatable or barbaric extreme. Also, possibly, by the group concerned concentrating on ‘barbaric medieval stories’ causing a dulling of the more modern human sensibilities that tend to have some greater ‘respect’ for the sanctity of life and freedom of the individual. Ref, Environment/culture and the quality of secular/religious based Education and the extraordinary; overriding; irresistible; ‘power of the sub-group’. "The East having the ordeal of privation and the West the ordeal of desire" Saul Bellow.
Though, becoming human is a process and not some event, as many (religions) would have you believe!
The Age of Terror http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/age_of_terror/7345967.stm
Self-respecting teachers and Schools should teach what is self-evident.
There is only an infinitesimal chance that any form of ‘spirituality’ exists. In the very unlikely fact that this (thing or emotion…) may exist should be made very plain to all students, and in a combined effort by both the teachers and the schools. Both then will maintain some self-respect, for now, or in the future. The present situation in the UK is that many teachers and schools have long lost their discernment or self-respect in this matter; imparting distrust in the students and the general public through this major social disconnect; doing long term damage to an otherwise, what would be some very proud and mostly very good reputations. The UK Government’s Education Policy of supporting the mostly dubious and unfathomable aims of Church and Faith Schools is thwarting the progress of what should be a more modern socially inclusive trust that they have with modern society and our very advanced children!
The School Easter Service. A Positive contribution towards ‘Holocaust Training’ was put forward. Justifiable anti-authoritarianism being a main theme and the barbarity of the run up to Jesus Christ’s execution by crucifixion was made as vivid as possible by our Vicar. The Vicar was dressed up in a white frock with a pointed hat, competing, no doubt, with Harry Potter or ‘Northern Lights’ (Golden Compass). Hopefully not – the Clue Klux Clan.