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Cows I was thinking the other evening of cows. You say Why? I can't
tell you. But it came to me, all of a sudden, that cows lead hard
lives. It takes such a lot of grass, apparently, to keep a cow
going that she has to spend all her time eating, day in and day
out. Dogs bounce around and bark, horses caper, birds fly, also
sing, while the cow looks on, enviously, maybe, unable to join
them. Cows may long for conversation or prancing, for all that we
know, but they can't spare the time. The problem of nourish- ment
takes every hour: a pause might be fatal. So they go through life
drearily eating, resentful and dumb. Their food is most
uninteresting, and is frequently covered with bugs; and their
thoughts, if they dwell on their hopeless careers, must be bitter.
In the old days, when huge and strange animals roamed through the
world, there was an erawhen great size was necessary, as a
protection. All creatures that could do so grew large. It was only
thus they felt safe. But as soon as they became large, the
grass-eating creatures began to have trouble, because of the fact
that grass has a low nutritive value. You take a dinosaur, for in
stance, who was sixty or seventy feet long. Imagine what a hard
task it must have been for him, every day, to get enough grass down
his throat to supply his vast body. Do you wonder that, as
scientists tell us, they died of exhaustion? Some starved to death
even while feverishly chewing their cud?the remoter parts of their
bodies fainting from famine while their fore-parts got fed. This
exasperating fate is what darkens the mind of the cow. Stroom and
Graith When Graith was young, and Stroom returned From conquering
the Northern Stars; And showed to her the road he'd burned Across
the sky, to make his wars; And smiled at Fear, ...
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