I almost drove off the road this morning listening to NPR. They had an opinion essay read by one Baxter Black (if I remember the name correctly; I hope a long lost relative). He was speaking about the western forest fires and what few posessions people chose to save when forced to evacuate quickly. Most commonly people saved their pets. Mr Black wondered about why this should be. Is it because of love? No, he says, it is something deeper than that. He then quoted Genesis 1:28, the dominion covenant. He said that dominion meant responsibility, and that part of being who God made us to be involved taking care of our animals.
For the sake of my safe driving I hope they don't keep having essays like that during my commute.