summoned a beast from the fields and He said, "Behold people created in my
image. Therefore, adore them. You shall protect them in the
wilderness, shepherd their flocks, watch over their children, accompany them
wherever they may go--even into civilization. You shall be a companion,
an ally, a slave.
"To do these things," God said, "I endow you with instincts
uncommon to other beasts: faithfulness, devotion and understanding
surpassing that of people. Lest it impair your courage, you shall never
foresee your death. Lest it impair your loyalty, you shall be blind to
the faults of people. Lest it impair your understanding, you are denied
the power of words. Let no fault of language cleave an accord beyond that
of people with any other beast--or even people with other people. Speak
to your people only with your mind and through your honest eyes.
"Walk by their sides; sleep in their doorways; forage for them; ward off
their enemies; carry their burdens; share their afflictions; love them and comfort
them. And in return for this, people will fulfill your needs and
wants--which shall be only food, shelter and affection.
"So be silent, and be a friend to people. Guide them along the way
to this land that I have promised them. This shall be your destiny and
your immortality." So spoke the Lord.
And the dog heard and was content.
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