Is humanity overrated? The Finnish boy involved in the latest school shooting thought so. How can we differentiate right from wrong? I find that without the right compass we will find ourself being all lost. Humanity shouldn’t be underrated, nor should we overrate ourself.

Yesterday I watched Herzog’s great documentary “The Grizzly Man” about Timothy Treadwell who where living, and finally died, among Grizzly bears at Kaflia Bay in Alaska. Timothy “Bambified” bears, he gave them human qualities and interpreted their behavior through the looking glass of the emotional life of humans. In the documentary we can follow how he interpreted his own life circumstances and emotions on the bears. It seems as he thought he was one of them, rather than being part of human civilization. As if humanity was overrated. I find this very disrespectful toward both God, humans and even against the grizzly bears.

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This seems to me as being a religious journey to him, even though he claims, in the film, that he is not a religious man. I think most people are religious, they just call their belief systems other things than religion. The Grizzly maze was Timothy Treadwell’s religion. To him, it was his calling. He tried to do it as sanctified he could. Teaching school children about Grizzly bears, and in some deranged way he thought he protected them by living close to them and interacting with them. In his mind he was acting good and righteous, that doesn’t make it right to adjust these bears to humans and to misinterpret wild life as being friendly and protective towards him.

The movie are full of extraordinary scenes. In one Timothy touches some still warm female bear poop. He seems to feel some strange kind of sexual religious ecstasy. In another scene he is fighting the “park service” as if it was Lucifer himself. However, the love for animals makes a poor Christ… Touching the poop seems to be an intimate act for Timothy, but sometimes poop is just poop.

Who killed Bambi?

“Djurens rätt” is the largest animal liberation movement in Sweden with over 35 000 members. There are similar radical environmentalist movements around the world trying to force their view upon others. The recent shooter in Finland had a shirt stating that “humanity is overrated”. To me this is closely related to what happens when you leave God out of the equation. They both do not acknowledge that man was created in the image of God and have a special place in the creation.

At downtown Stockholm there is only one furrier left. The rest has been scared away. They have killed a very old tradition and destroyed the well being of their fellow man. Terrorism is kind of O.K. these youngsters seems to think. With threats and violence they can force their opinion through. No matter democracy or public opinion…Reclaim the street, Animal rights, the ecofascist environmental movements… That they believe they are righteous does not make their actions less evil.

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Pray for the souls of the victims.

Acknowledging animals’ right – as a religion – makes the shooting in Finland no worse than a common hunting season, like there’s no difference between killing Bambi or killing a human. However: Animals do not have a soul. It is important to understand this. Humanity is not overrated. Moral value is not relative. Don’t let your love for the creation stand in the way of the love for the creator.

People want to be their own Gods and their own jury, separating right from wrong by themselves. Creating moral without a compass will end you up in a cold place where right and wrong is dependent on whatever seems most practical for the moment.I don’t believe in defining what’s right based on popular opinion. I don’t believe in a moral only skin deep.

(Kinski in the 1986 movie Crawlspace)