Some People Say The Strangest Things
Others Say The Nicest
Browsing the internet can trawl up some interesting things on any subject, as I’m sure you have discovered. In a quest to find out attitudes towards reptiles in the modern world I stumbled upon these. So, like all episodes on the internet I was distracted and veered off on a tangent.
“The very fact we use the term “cold-blooded” as a synonym for “heartless” should tell you something about the innate bias we primates hold against reptiles. Do not judge other species by your own social norms.”
― Becky Chambers
I like this one. It hints at the historical attitudes towards reptiles which have for centuries leaned towards the negative. Stemming of course from a particular book written some two thousand years or so ago.
“Living in a stupid country is living in a marsh! You are surrounded by the reptiles and the alligators! Refusing hell is the best path to eliminate the hell!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan
Seems a timely one in view of last years political decisions. Though this one gives the impression the author isn’t too fond of reptiles or humans. I would love to live surrounded by reptiles.
“Years ago, it was pretty hard to get people to empathize even a little bit with scaly, cold-blooded critters; now, thanks a lot to good PR from television, it is easier to get the message of reptile conservation and tolerance across. We have a lot to be thankful to reptiles for, not the least of which is their control of rodents.”
Mr Whitaker is a renowned herpetologist who runs a crocodile sanctuary in India. Personally I wonder about the impact of media, as even with the years of work David Attenborough has done there is still a huge amount of ignorance out there.
“High office, is like a pyramid; only two kinds of animals reach the summit-reptiles and eagles”
While I like the eloquence of this quote and the jibe at its intended target, it still implies that reptiles are a loathsome bunch like politicians.
“Reptiles and amphibians are sometimes thought of as primitive, dull and dimwitted. In fact, of course, they can be lethally fast, spectacularly beautiful, surprisingly affectionate and very sophisticated.”
He’s correct of course. They can be all these things and more. It is interesting and yet not surprising that the negative quotes are made by people with little or no knowledge of reptiles and the positive quotes come from individuals who have spent time observing and researching reptiles.
Like so many things in life, a degree of knowledge can help with understanding, respect and a humane attitude towards subjects previously held in suspicion due to ignorance.
And you can quote me on that.
John R Grundy
Revealing Reptiles Project Officer