Joy. Today as I meandered watching the squirrels dart up and down trees, birds flit on and off the grasses, cats stretch and yawn, I couldn’t help but wonder if what I was seeing was joy. Could what I’ve read in some science documents be true? Do animals act only in response to drives for food, reproduction, or safety? They sure seem to be having a good time. Or do I project?
I’m thinking that drives are too barren for me to embrace totally. Even if I anthropomorphize, isn’t believing in a smidge of joy better than thinking too mechanistically?
I’m not sure what harm it does to believe that animals experience joy. But I do know that they give it.