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Newest note: I really didn't want to put a watermark on this but due to continuous art theft in which "Selfish" is turned into band posters, I feel that I must do this to protect the original meaning of this picture. I don't mind people posting this on other site to spread the word but I hate it when wannabe MySpace bands take the picture, erase the words, and add enough crap to it until the meaning of the picture is lost. Thus I apologize to everyone else for the ugly watermark. It can't helped. Also, if you see "Selfish" anywhere else without credit to me, please note me (Notes are better because sometimes I would miss some messages). Thank you!

Why? Because its true.

I know I promised to draw something fun after I've returned from China but certain events that I have experienced there and some other things have been bugging me. While I was in China, the local news reported a county near where I was staying were killing all the dogs. Why you ask? Well because 3 dogs got rabies; each bit a person which caused their death so in return the humans there decided to kill ALL the dogs, that's 50,000 innocent lives lost because the government is too lazy to hired some people to give the dogs vaccines, so they just told the locals to beat all the dogs to death with sticks. Thus one must wonder WTF is wrong with those idiotic people? to help prevent this unreasonable slaughter, please go to [link] and sign the peptition.

Now for the meaning the picture itself. There are some people out there that like to wear fur coats or hang a trophy head on the wall, and for those reasons they would kill a living being. Their reaoning are usually because "humans are better than animals". Though the way I see it, animals only kill others for survival, but humans on the other hand, kill not only animals but also other humans for pleasure and other selfish reasons, so what part of humans are actually better? Thus its very ironic how some people would proclaim themselves better.

Now in my drawing, the person (which is not male nor female though it looks like a girl) killed the egret for its wings to look like angel ( like how people kill animals for their fur to look rich) angels are usually viewed as sometihng good, just as humans usually view themselves as "creatures that are above those heartless beasts" but in reality we are only decieving ourselves.

The person killed the egret yet she/he tried to make her/himself look like an angel with the stolens of the dead bird. I know not all humans are like that, but we are humans and we like to think good of ourselves. Perhaps denial has blinded us from certain truth. More often than we'd like to admit, we rather look the other way when we see people doing things that are dubbed inhumane. However, that's not solving anything, we may not be the ones who are doing those things but by doing nothing, we are helping them. I drew this picture in hopes of convincing those who kill or harm others for unreasonable purposes to stop and for those for does nothing to help and take action.
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Black-Angel-Dan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2018
Oh, just like we're not the only race capable of compassion, animals too can gaze into the abyss.

Chimpanzees are one species known to rape. Quite a number of animals kill each other during mating season (either killing the mate right after or killing rivals in a mating bout). Dolphins bully unwanted members out of their groups, orcas play with their food and more. Nature is damn scary and we're part of nature. With all its depths and heights.
DevAlf Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2018
so true, so selfish, so sad. Great work.
BARNEY17666 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018
How do you know that they weren't your wings, remember jews exist nothings a given
LXXT Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Professional Photographer
great work!
JasonIqbal Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
Excellent piece. 
Mudstar-Sibera Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a really beautiful piece in the sense if confronting the ugly truth that humanity so often overlooks. The issues you discuss in your artist comment there are things that hurt me deeply too and offend and enrage me beyond all belief. Thank you for making this piece, as I'm sure it was unpleasant on many levels...but such things need to be done and said. So thank you for taking a stand and speaking out for those who don't have a voice.
Ordam19 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work!
It's human nature to be selfish, even if we have a sense of morality, but damn, some people have just crossed the line.
LeDinoLord Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This piece is very moving.

It makes me so angry when people say that humans are superior to animals, so that they can do what ever they want to them.  Because of these kinds of people, I'm sometimes ashamed to be human, to be honest.
Maditium Featured By Owner Edited Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist
This. This is the very reason why I took a choice to live on a plant-based diet, for the rest of my life.

Our lives, for every others' lives...

Thank you, Wenqin, for sharing meaningful art to the world. :heart:
Black-Angel-Dan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2018
It has been found out that plants do have the capacity to feel pain and indirectly react to external stimuli despite not having a centralized nervous system or classical sensory organs. This leads to the belief that plants indeed are sentient, though in a way different from an animal's sentience that we currently are unable to understand.

If that was your reason for becoming a vegetarian, because eating meat requires taking lives, then what difference does it make to kill a plant instead and consume plant matter?
FuschiaFreckles Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist

Sell fish...?

Hmm... . emote . Kaomoji #1 It's all coming together.
Moralise Featured By Owner May 26, 2016
Was that really needed?   Rubesco Shaking Head 
FuschiaFreckles Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh... sorry? I don't actually remember posting this...
My little brothers use my computer sometimes... I think they might've gotten on here while I was on dA 
I never use those emotes so I'm pretty sure I wasn't the one who posted that...
Jihansan Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Student Digital Artist
akhh that happen to me
Deko-kun Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work!
Those wannabe bands really are... selfish.
Beaubema Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
my mind is a little clearer, Ill do my best to make a difference
Hbomba Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Cry me a blood filled river.
Lupus-Incidus Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hbomba I see that the meaning of this artwork went right over Your head.
antiplod Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
AddictedToCartoons Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Will do 
Holophite Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015   General Artist
It is fantastic to see you sharing your outrage - I feel the same way in many respects.
alesgazic Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
I agree !
thegaidin Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
I have to tell you that I saw this when I first came on to Deviant in 2007. I was looking for a commission (which I never did) and came across this piece.  It really moved me.  The words are touching, but the imagery speaks volumes without the words. I can see from the comments that so many people have many, varied interpretations. I guess that's why art is so provocative: it can mean something different to anyone- to everyone.  I only stayed on a Deviant a short time back in '07- I was in a place where I couldn't view it easily, so I let my account expire.  I just logged on today and I was happy to see that you have more recent work and that it's just as amazing.  I am humbled by your talent.  Thanks for sharing this and others with all of us!
Scythion Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
Do not expect anything humanlike from China. Only expect danger.
HokkaidoCake Featured By Owner Edited Apr 4, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
That's not very nice. :|
Scythion Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016
The truth is usually ugly.
YUKARImitsuki Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Bassemobil Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Student General Artist
I don't want to live on this planet anymore.
Aetheldod Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015   General Artist
Well I agree with you mostly except the fur throphy part , you know people eat the meat of those kills too so also a responsible person would use all the parts of the animal , I dont see wrong in this , but as you say when people only hunt/kill for one part and not use the rest is a terrible thing to do and  again a waste full mentality :/ my point is not everything is black and white , but yeah killing doggies out odf spite is an asshat thing to do and terrible. Governments are nothing but a bunch of lazy power hungry SOBs.
Lupus-Incidus Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Not necessarily. People who trophy hunt lions and tigers and elephants and many similar animals tend not to eat the meat or use the animal much at all other than to take the fur and make a mount to show off.
Now, if someone, for example, kills a deer and then eats the venison from it and uses the rest of it and decides to mount the fur as well, then that is not really bad because they did use it. But the word trophy hunting tends to mean hunting and killing only for the fur, not to use the rest, I think.
Catfish-chan Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
Trembling with rage. This is a powerful illustration. You have our full support here.
Rotome89 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is why I punch random people on the streets wearing fur coats.
Poor Egret, it should've lived long:( (Sad) 
nittany10 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Sucks 4 u egret.
Stuff dies, deal with it.
antiplod Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Ooooh, so harsh. Is that how you compensate for having a little d***?
PrinceTheRipper13 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you'd be just as accepting if someone murders you ^^
nittany10 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
Great for you!
Ordam19 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your masterpiece sends a very powerful message. Poor egret! :(  It boils my blood when people say that humans are so damn superior to animals, which permits us into doing whatever we want with them. Sometimes, this behavior just makes me ashamed to be human
Pitsh Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015   Digital Artist
extremely deep, very touching work
Spacecadette426 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Job! Deep. Right in the feels. :)
MorikoW Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I couldn't agree more with you!
I signed the petition. Sometimes I just hate being a human, the most selfish and idiotic creature walking around on earth. A lot of times I am ashamed of being one of them.
I do try to make a difference though, I recylcle, make donations to foundations like WWF and such. But I really understand what you mean. Great job in portraying it!

In my journal I linked back to here, if you don't mind. I think more people should see this :)
TheArgon Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so awesome O.o!
qorilla Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful. :)
Warranty4 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent, art and sentiments.
OhMyGob Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
DONW999 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Mislav383 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
This picture was the one that Kasey ripped-off,right?
uumbrella Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Messages of your drawings are so important. People should think more about them. Keep up the amazing work!
Nightcool Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student General Artist
The only animal I want to see dead are bugs. But it's sad, very sad.
Elizaveta22 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Why would you want them dead? I pesonaly love bugs because they are the most pure creatures on this planet. even if they bite they never know they hurt. they don't suffer from such emotional pain as other animals because theyre brains are to small. they are truly inocent and never do anything bad on purpuse. so why?
shota08 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
bugs are not animals
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