Wiser than the animals …

“Nowadays men think they are much wiser than the animals, but sometimes you may see a strange look in the eyes of an animal, as if it would say: ‘That man thinks he is wise, but he is only a fool.’ And the animals in the forests and jungles and in our houses watch everything we do, and they marvel when they see how some men waste their lives.”

From “The Story of the Two Friends,” in The King of the Snakes, and Other Folk-Lore Stories from Uganda, by Mrs. George [Rosetta] Baskerville. Kampala, The Uganda Bookshop, 1922. Available from the U. Penn Digital Library.

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