I once heard that in order for a person to have complete integrity they would need to live up to the expectations of absolutely every person they meet. Their is a lot about this concept that I agree with and understand, but still so much that puzzles me. I like to let new paradigms and perspectives play with the world as I know it and see what comes from the mix. I find it increases my perspectrum.
I believe that nature is perfectly obedient. Scripture says it, and the idea sings to me. I do still have one question though. Why, if nature is perfect, do animals fight, kill, die, creep, poison and slither? I have heard enough stories to know that just cause you say please to a lion, tiger or bear doesn’t mean that it won’t maim or eat you. But recently I realized that the above concept on integrity and the fact that I know enough to expect how an animal will act, answers my question.
I expect animals to act viciously and so I am scared of them. They are so kind as to be perfectly obedient and live up to my expectations. Now some might be like “well if animals are perfectly obedient then they only listen to their creator, God” I have had these thoughts as well but would God tell them to be so vicious? Another voice might say “Its part of the plan and when God tells them to be nice they will be nice.” I have had these thoughts but I am sure now that they are false and this is why:
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Adam and Eve where given dominion or in other words stewardship over the earth. In doing this he gave all of mankind power and responsibility over all living things. So I believe that the earth and its inhabitants are simply what we make them. Animals recognize us as sovereigns and they obey us as such.
Joseph Smith studied long and hard with the Lord on how to make a society of people that would live in peace with each other and with nature. On a journey with some of his friends they found three rattlesnakes, which the brethren were about to kill, Joseph said:
‘Let them alone—don’t hurt them! How will the serpent ever lose his venom, while the servants of God possess the same disposition, and continue to make war upon it? Men must become harmless, before the brute creation; and when men lose their vicious dispositions and cease to destroy the animal race, the lion and the lamb can dwell together, and the sucking child can play with the serpent in safety.’ (Documentary History of the Church, vol. 2, pp. 71–72.)
I believe we see only in the world, what we are inside. None of us are perfect and our expectations with will improve as we improve ourselves. So to begin creating a world of peace we must start by shaping up our expectations. I have mainly touched on our expectations with animals but I believe it is the same with EVERY aspect of our world.