It stikes me in considering the animal kingdom that I favour other mammals against insects, reptiles and the like. Even birds have a cold nature I suspect. I think I must be a "speciesist". Is that a crime? It will stand against me probably when insects with large brains invade our hard-won civilisation.
At the supermarket check-out a young man with a pigtail is in an unusually talkative mood, even allowing for the fact he has clearly been instructed to make small talk to customers. He wants to know if I am "doing anything this afternoon?" A good question which I do not begin to answer as he tells me that he will probably being going straight to bed when he has finished work, because he went out for a meal last night to celebrate the birthday of his girlfirend's mother. I thought that I might tell him what I was thinking of doing this afternoon, but there wasn't time.