3. THE COMMANDER’S CRITICISM ABOUT THE WAR IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM
 The captain led us along the river onto a small hill sparsely overgrown with palm trees, from where one could enjoy quite a marvelous view all around into the far distance and overlook the
river and its wide bends very far away, almost to the vicinity of Serrhe. There we sat on the lawn and enjoyed for some time the really nice distant view and the captain told us one story after
another about occurrences taking place here and there and all listened to him attentively; for he was a good speaker and commanded the Greek language quite well, which everybody in our society understood, because this language was nearly in the whole Near East most widely spoken.
 While the captain was still busy with his story telling zeal, it occurred that a gigantic eagle flew quite low above us, carrying a rabbit as prey in its mighty claws.
 And the captain said to Me: “Most elated and most wondrous Savior, see, this again was a piece of a sad nature story, where one on the whole dear earth sees nothing than hostility over hostility! One animal is the enemy of another and this continues up to humans, who in the end is the biggest enemy of all other things and beings, yes even his own he does not spare in his rage and fury. Only the same species animals seem to have a kind of a not hostile love to each other; however, unequal species are mutually the biggest enemies. This
apparently provides for an all-wise and all-good God a bad witness.
 Could the all-wise and almighty God not provide other food on earth for the animals, accept that they have to kill each other and feed themselves with the corpses? What bad could the poor rabbit have caused the eagle, that he took it in its mighty claws and to carry it somewhere to tear it to pieces and eat it alive? And there exist many such predators who only feed on the flesh and blood of other, weaker and softer animals. Couldn’t they feed just as well from the grass like oxen, donkeys, goats and sheep?
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