Embrace Your Human Animal (EHA) is a popular term used to refer to any person or group of people who are open and accepting towards others regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or other differences. EHA’s may be found in all walks of life but they tend to congregate around certain topics such as: animals, nature, travel and nature conservation. They are often seen wearing clothing with animal prints such as t-shirts and hats.
The word “embrace” comes from the Latin root “em-bus”, which means to embrace and the suffix “-al”. The term was first coined by John Lennon in a song called ‘Imagine’ in 1970. Since then it has become associated with love, peace and acceptance. People who identify themselves as EHA’s have been known to wear T-Shirts emblazoned with slogans like:
I AM ANIMAL! I AM A NATURAL BEING!
I AM NOT YOUR FATHERLESS CHILD!
THEY ARE ALL HERE FOR YOU TOO!
“We’re not here to judge” – EHA’s motto.
EHA’s are generally well-dressed individuals who dress in ways that show respect for nature and wildlife. They like to be barefoot as a way of connecting themselves with the ground, and they often carry around message-cards with positive sayings on them. They fixate on the concept that all life, including humans, are equal and should be treated with kindness and respect.
You might encounter an EHA in any public space – examples include restaurants, coffee-shops and train-stations. They are easy to identify as they will often be smiling at you. This is not perceived by most as threatening or strange, but a sign that they wish to share their love and joy with you. It is not uncommon that an EHA will, as soon as they see you, ask you questions like:
Do you like animals?
Are you OK?
What is your name?
Can I hug you?
Due to their nature, EHA’s prefer not to use modern technology as they believe it separates us from our human-ness. Instead, you may see them engaging in old-fashioned forms of transport such as walking or hiking. They are also often seen on the bus as a way of staying close to nature and wildlife. As they have an equal respect for humans as they do animals and plants, this is not a problem for them.
Due to being in close contact with so many humans, there have been reports of EHA’s becoming victim to “human-rights abuse”. The most common form of this is the signing of a contract. Nowadays, it is not uncommon to spot an EHA standing by a street-light or a shop-window, holding a clipboard. This is known as a contract and if you sign it, it means that the EHA has permission to hug you whenever it feels necessary.
However, there are also less benevolent EHA’s out there. They do not have permission to hug you. Instead, they will try to trick you into signing the contract by pretending to be lost and asking for directions or pretending that they wish to take a survey. These EHA’s can be identified by their broken demeanor and nervous smiles.
If you encounter such an EHA, remain cautious but don’t feel pressured into signing anything. They also exist to make sure that there are no unhappy humans. If you do sign, they will not bother you again. However, if you don’t, they will ask you why and try to convince you to change your mind.
Be polite but firm. Do not feel ashamed if you have to tell the EHA that you do not want to hug it – indeed, many EHAs are disappointed when they hear this as hugging is their ultimate goal in life.
Above all, though, they are generally well-intentioned. It just so happens that their intentions are a bit more… physical than most.
This concludes today’s report. Thank you for being a loyal listener and remember to always share only good vibes!
– Always be positive!
Sources & references used in this article:
Animal models of Alzheimer’s disease embrace diversity by EP Neff – Lab animal, 2019 – nature.com
Embracing complexity: meeting the challenges of international forest governance. A global assessment report. by J Rayner, A Buck, P Katila – 2010 – cabdirect.org
Embracing the Eden Alternative™ in long-term care environments by CE Tavormina – Geriatric Nursing, 1999 – Elsevier
“I fell in love with Carlos the meerkat”: Engagement and detachment in human–animal relations by M Candea – American Ethnologist, 2010 – Wiley Online Library
Embrace Your Wild Side: A Case for the Patentability of Human-Nonhuman Chimeras by EK Yoder – Fed. Cir. BJ, 2018 – HeinOnline
The Emperor’s Embrace: Reflections on Animal Families and Fatherhood by J Masson – 2001 – books.google.com