Nature is better than you.

August 31, 2010 § 2 Comments

If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man but deteriorate the cat. – Mark Twain

It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions. – Mark Twain

And so it seems that Mark Twain, who’s real name is Samuel Clemen’s, does not have a very high opinion of mankind.  He perceives humans as having “dull perceptions” in comparison to animals, and believes a cat would be the one to be deteriorated if crossed with humans.  His respect for nature is extremely high, and this is evident through the way he elevates nature and its animals above mankind.

Even Mark Twain’s choice to change his name from Samuel Clemens to Mark Twain supports his wish to embody nature. Mark Twain’s  pseudonym comes from his work as a river pilot. Mark Twain is a term for when a river is deep enough, 12 ft, for a boat to pass through. If the river is deep enough, “Mark Twain” is the code for go ahead and navigate. Mark Twain’s choice to be called by the term for “navigate the river” relates to his wish to navigate through nature and learn what he can from it since he views it as a greater creation than human life.

Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them. – Mark Twain

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