Varitas 3/6 - Memento mori First of all, we have culturally accepted customs for mourning a deceased person, but not for mourning an animal, and many people thus struggle individually to find a way to come to terms with the loss of a pet.
But even more important, the idea of an animal’s “person”-ality is a bit of a myth. We form it in our own image. A pet doesn’t come to us as a tabla rasa, but it does, over time, come to reflect back what we project onto it. It winds up becoming an extension of us, an element of our own person externalized and projected onto an animal. So for that reason, when an animal dies, a piece of the person whom it was most close to dies as well.(Paul Koudounaris ) #varitas #mementomori #skull #osteologist #vultureculture #death #annuiterra