From Latin creature, a creature it’s a newborn or infant child. The term can therefore be used as a synonym for kid. For instance: “Yesterday Esther came to visit me with her baby, who is almost as tall as she is”, “I am outraged when children have to pay for the mistakes of their parents”, “After the collision, the creature was thrown through the windshield and hit the pavement”.
The notion of creature, by extension, is used as a qualifier of a person that seems very young or what has properties or attitudes similar to those of a child: “Don’t worry, you are just a child: you will get another job”, “I can’t stand it when you act like a creature every time you get angry”, “You must not get like that, you look like a creature”.
When we speak of a creature as a synonym for a child, there is a certain nuance of tenderness implicit in the term, the undeniable consideration that it is a person who is growing, who needs the protection of his elders, who has no evil and that she is not aware of the dangers that surround her. For all these reasons, the creatures are often easy prey for older adults. wicked.
When faced with such horrifying news as a case of child abuse, or a mother who threw her baby in a garbage container, it is normal for people to react by saying, “But how could he do something like that to her? If it’s just a creature. Although not all people have the desire to be parents, they all go through the childhood and they experience in their own flesh that vulnerability that characterizes any living being during their first stages of life.
When thinking of a creature we feel a very particular empathy, because it forces us to travel in the weather, to awaken feelings and sensations that perhaps we thought we had forgotten, to put ourselves in the place of another living being and try to understand it. Unfortunately, many adults harm children in unthinkable ways and leave indelible marks on them that haunt them throughout their lives; three very common examples are sexual abuse, psychological abuse, and physical assault.
Creature is also used to name the mythological beings that do not enter the most common classifications, since they are not Humans neither animals. Some mythological creatures, however, arose from the confusing accounts of travelers in ancient times, who ended up misrepresenting the characteristics of real animals.
The dragon (similar to a large snake or lizard, capable of spitting fire through its mouth), the Unicorn (horse with one horn), the Minotaur (half man and half bull) and the loch ness monster (a species of plesiosaur that, for some reason, would not have become extinct) are some examples of very popular creatures in various cultures.
It should be noted that some creatures that were considered mythological ended up being part of the animals once they were discovered. That is the case of okapi, which looks like a mix of zebra and giraffe. The settlers of Congo used to narrate about their existence to Europeans who believed that it was only mythology, until Harry johnston, at the beginning of twentieth century, was able to obtain skins that proved the existence of the okapi.
Another creature that today is recognized as a animal real, although not with the physical characteristics and abilities of its many myths, is the dragon. His full name is Komodo dragon (also known as monster or monitor), and is a species of scaly sauropsid found on some islands in central Indonesia. No other lizard surpasses it in size, since it can reach three meters in length, and its average weight is around 70 kg.