posted on Apr, 4 2014 @ 05:23 PM
reply to post by Dianec
I am glad that (this) research has been carried out. Many (American) humans hold an illogical and unreasonable fear of rats/mice (some languages only
differentiate the two species as "big mouse & little mouse"), due to the blame placed on them for spreading the Black Death. Once again, people like
to place the blame on things they don't understand/fear on an EXTERNAL source, rather than facing the truth that, perhaps, they themselves may have
been responsible in some way.
If people took the time to learn about these fascinating creatures (rodents in general), they might not be so quick to put out the traps/poison,
perform lab-experiments, etc.. I find it fascinating that the Japanese blamed some of the problems at the Fukushima plant on a rat chewing through
electrical wires. We also use "rat" as a means of conveying negativity about a person, "dirty rat, rat-faced ****, I don't give a rat's ***", etc.
On the other hand, the Chinese see the rat as a symbol of prosperity, wisdom, and luck, and a Buddhist deity, "Ganesha", is almost always depicted
with a rat (often using the rodent as a vehicle, or pulling a chariot), and there is a temple in India where the rats are "worshiped". In Vietnam and
some other cultures, rats are a staple of their diet- people raise and eat them like chicken!
I hope some people will take on a different view of rats...
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edit on 4-4-2014 by seattlerat
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