Kropotkin, 1902

IT IS NOT LOVE TO MY NEIGHBOR-whom I often do not know at all-which induces me to seize a pail of water and to rush towards his house when I see it on fire; it is a far wider. even though more vague feeling or instinct of human solidarity and sociability
which moves me. So it is also with animals. It is not love. and not even sympathy (understood in its proper sense) which induces a herd of ruminants or of horses to form a ring in order to resist an attack of wolves; not love which induces wolves to form a pack for hunting; not love which induces kittens or lambs to play, or a dozen of species of young birds to spend their days together in the autumn; and it is neither love nor personal sympathy which induces many thousand fallow-deer scattered over a territory as large as France to form into a score of separate herds. all marching towards a given spot, in order to cross there a river. It is a feeling infinitely wider than love or personal sympathy-an instinct that has been slowly developed among animals and men in the course of an extremely long evolution, and which has taught animals and men alike the force they can borrow from the practice of mutual aid and support, and the joys they can find in social life.

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