Monday, March 13, 2006
The Grizzly Man is a 2005 documentary film about Timothy Treadwell, an environmentalist, who spends 13 summer seasons living with bears in the Alaska, in order to study and thus educate the world about bears. In 2003, Timothy and his girlfriend were attacked and killed by a bear.
This film gives a unique and rare view of human contacts with bears and other animals. It was real cool to see how Timothy interacts closely with ten-foot bears and little foxes, despite his exotic and weird behavior towards them (Throughout the film, Timothy gives all the animals a name, and frequently tells the animals in repetitive fashion, I love you... I love you...I love you)
I came away sad after watching the film. It was depressing to see a man devote some much energy and time to a cause that seemed small in comparison to cause of Christ. It was also discouraging to see a man exalt and elevate the value of animals to the level of humans by trying to treat and reason with them like people.
So let us be concerned about animal and environmental issues, but let us never elevate the value of animals over people, who are made in God image.