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  • I just finished reading a book by Irene Pepperberg titled “Alex & Me”. I do advise reading it if you are an animal lover. The book left me with an unsettling realization that as human beings, we as a race, are arrogant, delusional, short sighted and for lack of a better description (sorry pigs) “pig-headed”. All and all, not successful. You might ask, “you had to read a book to realize this?” No, indeed I did not, but the book did reinforce the reality about how very little we know about the consciousness of other living creatures. How similar experiences occur between a lab rat and a human consciousness. How animals may be more evolved in their way of viewing, living and being in the world than we with our limited scope can see.

    Humans, being endowed with the ability to reason, to speak and use tools, (these abilities considered sacrosanct to the supremacy of our specie) have been scientifically ousted off our proverbial throne in the Great Chain of Being. Crows use tools, as well as chimps, dogs use their uncanny sense of smell to help rescue our sorry asses. We are not able to see the ultraviolet color range a parrot can see and Octopuses may even see with their appendages.

    It had been thought by many, conclusively, that language is necessary for thought; animals don’t have language, therefore, animals don’t think. That all creatures are some thoughtless, automatons sleepwalking through their life. How arrogant! They are their own beings and deserve to be treated with care and kindness.

    We, as humans, are not as unique as we once thought we were. We are not superior to all other beings in nature. We humans, are not separate from nature, we are a part of nature. The separateness notion gives us the dangerous illusion that we have permission to exploit every aspect of the natural world without consequence. By exercising that arrogance we face consequences of poverty, starvation, and climate change.

    There is a oneness in nature. An interconnectedness, a dependence that can not be denied. Whether it is labeled ecology or evolution, the relatedness of each living thing is real, unique and is an incredible gift of nature from god, the creator, the cosmos, or the stardust that makes us all. We, each and every creature reflect our external beauty and intelligence in our own peculiar way. Some of us may be horses, apes, parrots, monkeys, sparrows and each consciousness glows in the reflection of this garden we call earth.
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