Barr's Buffon. Buffon's Natural History (Volume 5); Containing a Theory of the Earth, a General History of Man, of the Brute Creation, and of

 
9781154207361: Barr's Buffon. Buffon's Natural History (Volume 5); Containing a Theory of the Earth, a General History of Man, of the Brute Creation, and of

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1792. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IK1-OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS. TiyTAN changes the natural state of animals by forcing them to obey, and render him service: a domestic animal is a slave to our amusements or Operations. The frequent abuses he suffers, and the forcing him from his natural mode of living, make great alterations in his manners and temper, while the wild animal, subject to nature alone, knows no other laws than those of appetite and liberty. The history of a wild animal is consined to a few facts drawn from simple nature; but the histo. ry of a domestic animal is complicated with all the artsul means used to tame and subdue his native wildness: and being unacquainted how far example, constraint, or custom, may influence animals, and change their motions, determinations, and inclinations, the design of the natu.. ralist. turalist ought to be to distinguish those facts which depend on instinct, from those which are owing to their mode of education; to ascertain what appertains to them from what they have acquired; to separate what is natural for them from what they are made to do; and never to confound the animal with the slave, the beast of burden with the creature of God. The empire which man has over animals is an empire which revolution. cannot overthrow; it is the empire of the spirit over matter; a right os nature, a power founded on unalterable laws, a gift of God, by which man may, at all times, discern the excellence of his being, for he does not rule them, because he is the most perfect, strongest, or the most dextrous of animals. If he was only the first rank. of the feme order, the others would unite to dispute the empire with him but it is srom the su» periority of his nature that man reigns and commands: he thinks, and for this reason is master over beings ...

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