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  • I believe we are connected: You and me; The stars and the lovers walking in the moonlight; The homeless man in front of the liquor store and the Silicon Valley engineer who just ran inside for a bottle of beer. . .

    I recently stopped eating meat. I've flirted with the idea as I became more and more aware of animal treatment practices that just don't sit well with me. This is my choice, and one I don't try to influence anyone to make. . .

    A girl just got shot by a man who assumed she meant harm when she came knocking on his door for help in the middle of the night. She was black, he was white. . .

    If we were to focus on our differences, we could find ourselves worlds apart. When we add judgment to the mix, we become even further polarized. The meat thing, our race, you don't like cats but I adore them. . .

    I have never been on food stamps, but instead of being angry and judgmental at the people who need them, I think, "Hey, that could be me. A lost job and someday that could be me." I find it more comforting to try to relate than to seek out those differences, pointing a finger outward. . .

    I look at owls through a spotting scope. Deep, yellow, thoughtful eyes. It's funny how very differently I see the entire world now that I have begun this new hobby. Birds fly by and it's so easy not to think of them with any weight. But try looking deeply into the eyes of a bird through a scope, and you get so close, you begin to see it as an individual. A small being with thoughts and feelings. With emotions. Something more significant than just a thing that flies through the sky.

    I hope more people take a closer look into the eyes of some other being - animal or human. Truly look in. You might be astounded to feel one step closer to that creature. You might even find a connection there.
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