Celebes Crested Macaque: Here are dependence and care, too.

Celebes Crested Macaque

The Celebes Crested Macaque is an Old World monkey that lives in the northeast of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi (Celebes) as well as on smaller neighboring islands. The Celebes Crested Macaque is a diurnal rain forest dweller. This macaque is primarily terrestrial, spending more than 60% of its day on the ground foraging for food and socializing, while sleeping and searching for food in the trees.

It lives in groups of 5 to 25 animals. Smaller groups have only a single male, while larger groups have up to four males. The females, however, always outnumber the males by about 4:1. Since young males must leave their birth group upon maturity, they sometimes form bachelor groups before they look for a connection to an existing mixed group. Communication consists of various sounds and gestures; such as the presentation of the long eyeteeth while grimacing a clear threatening gesture.

The gestation time is 174 days, and the birth of the usually single offspring happens in the spring when food is more plentiful. Young animals are nursed approximately one year and become fully mature in 3 to 4 years, females somewhat sooner than males.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celebes_Crested_Macaque - 06.05.2010

Rule Over Them

Often a widely-used interpretation of several statements of the bible is used as a justification to treat disrespectfully with the earth and our fellow creatures disrespectfully.

In Genesis 1, 1: 28b God says to man: "[...]  and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Then we construe from this and similar statements, that we may deal with the non human part of creation as we please.

In my opinion this interpretation is very shortsighted and incorrect, because it disregards the context: As a consequence of innumerable bad examples in history of mankind "rule" often has a negative connotation. But the above-named words were spoken by the God, of whom the bible says, that he rules over the universe and at the same time has revealed himself - last but not least through Jesus - as the one, who heals the sick and those possessed by demons, provides for the needy and sacrificed his son for the salvation of his creatures.

How is it possible that man, believing in this God, equates the mandate to rule with exploitation, destruction, disregard or also “just” being passive? The same people report with joy and thankfulness, how lovingly and caring God is dealing them - that means how benignly he is ruling over them.

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