The gemarah in Eruvin 100b says that had the Torah not been give we would have learned various behaviors from certain animals, such as modesty from the cat. To me this presupposes that had the Torah not been given
- A) modesty would still have been a valuable behavior
- B) that people would know where to look for it, which presupposes that cats are all over the world(?)
- C) that we only would have learned positive behavior traits-- and NOT the cruelty and murder in the animal kingdom.
Why/ how would we not learn those traits as well?
In short I am having a hard time understanding this gemara and would like to know on a simple level (not allegorical) what this gemara is trying to convey.