Editor’s Note: The essay below was written in 2001 and appears in the self-published book, Through Our Eyes: A Tapestry of Words and Images in Response to September 11. Printed and distributed in 2002, the book was the result of an independent, volunteer documentary project organized by a journalist and several friends. The author’s bio was written in 2002 and has not been updated.
Jean Dubois lives in France and submitted his contribution in mid-September.
La nature est souvent très belle mais elle a ses colères: éruptions, séismes, inundations … L’animal pour survivre peut dévorer sa proie, mais il peut éprouver de l’affection, s’il est chien, chat, … etc.
Comment l’Homme, l’être humain qui peut éprouver de l’affection, qui a une conscience, peut-il se conduire en monstre en détruisant ses semblables?
Nature is often very beautiful, but she has her angers: eruptions, earthquakes, floodings … The animal, to survive, must devour his prey, but he can feel affection, if it is a dog, cat, etc.
How can man, the human able to feel affection, who has a conscience … how can he behave like a monster, destroying his alikes?