Small realization about anthropomorphism

by KARL STEEL

I just realized, just now, that the anxiety over anthropomorphic projection in, say, critical animal studies forgets that this kind of projection is *also* sympathetic entanglement. The human center mirroring or projecting itself will be inevitably changed through this projection. In fact, entanglements like these, with whatever, is probably the *only* way our lonely human selves can be transformed short of that other sympathetic entanglement known as injury or death.

What, then, is the fear of anthropomorphic projection, the ‘oh, you’re able to think of that chimp only as an image of yourself?’ It’s the fear of sympathy, or that sympathy isn’t good enough, or it’s the certainty or hope that what you are will never change.

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