"A few years ago, I got a call on my cell phone from a twelve year old child from my village. He was calling me from a bus stop. He’d taken a bus into the city alone, and he was calling me to ask if I could help him find a way to go to school. Both of his parents had died of AIDS, and he had no money for tuition. I told him to stay where he was, and left work immediately to pick him up. At first I was very mad at him. He should not have travelled alone. But then I looked at him and I saw myself. I’d also been desperate to go to school after my father was killed, but we had no money. So even though I was suffering myself, I told him I would try to help him. My salary was not enough, so I tried many things to get the money. After work, I went to the landfill to hunt for recyclables. But after I paid to have them cleaned, there was no money left. Now I’m trying to make bricks. I have a small operation in the village to make bricks, and I sell them in the city. It doesn’t make much money, but it’s enough to pay tuition for the boy and three of his siblings.”
I’m sorry if this is not the answer you wanted, but I’d say that if you were a therian, you’d know. For me and a lot of my other therian friends, there was never any doubt about it - it was just there, like knowing what colour your hair is. I don’t want to make this sound like some exclusive club that “sorry, only really really special snowflakes can join” - remember that there is nothing wrong with not being a therian, and you can have a really strong connection to dogs without necessarily being one. So, you may just like dogs. Or you’re a therian. I’m sorry, but I can’t tell you which - you have to do that yourself. I could never tell you what you are, and anyone who claims they can is either lying or a fool.
To be frank, liking an animal doesn’t really have anything to do with therianthropy. It’s always difficult to distinguish between my therian and human side for me, but if I make an effort, I’d say that if it weren’t for the fact that I’m a therian, I probably wouldn’t bat an eye at wolves at all. If I look at it from a non-therian point of view, I’m actually very neutral. But at the same time, they are kin to me. So I’m bound to… lacking a better word, “like” them, I guess. And it never hit me to think that being a wolf would be cool. Cool never entered into it - it’s just something I am and have always been, and I never got a say in the matter of that identity.
Well, I think that’s the best we can do. Feel free to message me again, should you have any questions or such.
And please do remember that this is not an objective truth. These are my opinions, thoughts and experiences. Take with you what you will from them.
Reid Wiseman is a national treasure.
Crazy idea here - what do you say we stop passively watching or arguing with the trolls in the therian (and otherkin) tag, and instead *plot twist* actually post more therian or otherkin stuff in the tags?
Do you realize how little sense it makes when you go into the tags and all you see is misinformed people making fun of therians, and then therians who come there to argue and, despite best intentions, make it worse? We already have a disadvantage; they have already decided on what to think, and so if we come in and try to change their opinion, that, to some people, actually confirms their way of thinking.
It would be much better if we could all take a deep breath when we see a post making fun of us, ignore it, move on, and continue to post our own material and thoughts in the tags. So we are not attacking anyone with information and opinions, but there is sufficient material in the tags for confused and willing people to be able to learn about us. Actions speak louder than words, and so people would be able to actually see the content in the tags rather than reading some debate between a troll and a therian.
If someone is curious - educate them, go for it. But if someone has obviously made their mind up already - let it go. You are doing yourself and all of us a disservice by creating drama in the tags that are supposed to be ours.
So. Sort of on that note, I was thinking, we could do that thing where we fill the tags with pictures of our kintypes. It would be fun to see how everyone sees themselves. I can start.
So I’m pretty much your typical Gray wolf, with sort of white/grey/brownish fur.