Nothing More is Needed - on caring for our animals (and ourselves)
This book is as much a series of 'Notes to Self' as it is a guide for anyone else. I forget or ignore these little gems and need to remind myself of them almost daily. In fact, that may be our biggest struggle as modern humans: to get over our clever, sophisticated selves and act simply as nature designed us, as an interwoven and inseparable part of all life. That might just be my most important Note to Self.
If you think this book reads a little like the Tao, you’re right. The Tao is the inspiration not just for the style of this book, but also for its substance. Taking care of our animals (and ourselves) is, at its core, very simple. While much more may be said about caring for our animals and ourselves, how much more need be said?
To quote one of my favorite passages from the Tao:
“Some say that my teaching is nonsense.
Others call it lofty but impractical.
But to those who have looked inside themselves,
This nonsense makes perfect sense.
And to those who put it into practice,
This loftiness has roots that go deep.
I have just three things to teach:
Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.”
[translation by Stephen Mitchell]
Copyright © 2011 Christine M. King. All rights reserved.