From chapter 4 (rough copy)
Noah had a little think about what separates us from the animals…
Ham and I returned to the camp by mid-morning, everyone was awake and the place was full of activity. Ham and I cooked the snake for our morning meal and told no-one the details of our walk.
I split the snake’s belly and removed the contents, then beginning at the head end of the snake I peeled off its skin. I had not made a clean cut when I severed its head in the desert, so skinning it was a harder job then it should have been. We took the tenderloin and the belly meat, and cooked them over the fire. It was sweet, even for reptile meat. We ate rattlesnake a few more times before they migrated to other habitats beyond the horizon. Like so many other animals we have never seen them again.
When we got off the ark my family was weak, I was unsure, what were we to do? It was weeks before we began any real work. We had to figure it out, our bodies had to adjust, our minds had to align to a new way of living. It all took time, but the animals just knew; they didn’t have to think or reason or discuss anything. They just went on as they had before and somehow each creature knew where he had to go. Humans lack something the other animals seem to know innately. Or perhaps its something we possess and not something that lacks that separates us; maybe its something we possess and don’t know how to properly use. It’s not our intelligence or our knowledge exactly, its choice. The choice to act against our nature and our conditioning, the choice to be something other than our birth would have us be. It is the choice, which a man possesses that makes him righteous or unrighteous. If a wolf kills a child that wolf is not unrighteous, it never had a choice, it does whatever it does because it is a wolf. But a man can chose to be a man, or he can chose to be less than a man. He can chose to be any shape he pleases. It took me a long time to realise that it is because of man’s ability to choose that God cares so much about what humans do; unlike the animals we can reject him. I also realised that the most dangerous thing about being created with the ability to choose, don’t knowing that you have a choice.