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Give Back All That We Have Taken …

December 13, 2021
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UKWondering


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The concept of rights for nonhumans is one I laughed at for the vast majority of my life. For the last few years they have become absolutely central to my thinking, I totally utterly and completely believe that not only should non humans have rights, but that they should be exactly the same as the rights every human has. We look at the world in a myopic self serving human centrist manner putting ourselves at the top of some imaginary chart. A chart which we our selves devised.

What makes us special? The more I know about humankind the smaller that answer becomes. We are petty, selfish, greedy, ignorant, arrogant, unpleasant, violent, stupid, disgusting.

Everything that we have done through our entire existence is to make our lives easier, not better. As a result we have become not greater not more but less. Every device we have invented has been invented for our ease. We fear what other nations revel in, nature.

We are puny, weak pathetic, Beavers cut down trees with their teeth we had to invent the axe and saws, now of course powered Fish live underwater breathing oxygen through the gills we had to invent the aqualung

Horses elephants antelopes and others, cover huge distances every day, we had to invent trains, bicycles, planes and automobiles we had to enslave horses to pull carts.

“Beasts of burden” what an appalling phrase, and yet it’s what we called those of our fellow citizens we enslaved to do our work, before we invented the internal combustion engine and machines to lift and carry for us.

Birds fly seemingly effortlessly while we remain tethered to terra firma, we had to invent the aeroplane, in order that we could copy or mimic birds.

Goats clamber effortlessly up virtually vertical slopes, we are forced to rely on ropes, hooks and other equipment, protecting ourselves with helmets because we are so fragile and frightened.

We learnt to write to record our amazing achievement of copying our fellow citizens, and communicate with others who lived ever further away. No longer content with writing we travelled to see them by ship and then by plane mimicking the journeys of whales and albatross.

But then that wasn’t enough either so we invented the telephone and cameras and videos and mobile devices and the Internet so that we can never be disconnected again and I can talk to people on the other side of the world as we laugh and smile at each other.

Because we were scared of the size of the Earth and our own utterly unremarkable smallness. Isn’t that the reason we explore be it space or land or sea, to increase our understanding and decrease our insignificance?

What has all this knowledge bought us except closer to our own destruction? Nearer the brink of the precipice towards which we madly rush. Fear, that is what drives humankind, a fear of realising how ridiculous we are.

A cuckoo lays their eggs in another birds nest and demands that those birds care for its young, we are the cuckoos of the animal kingdom, we steal we lie we cheat we enslave we never give back we never say thank you.

The time is coming closer for the final reckoning and unless we miraculously rediscover our place in the grand scheme of things we are going to find the bill rather more we can afford.

So what has all this got to do with non human rights? Everything, our miraculously rediscovering our position depends upon those right and our understanding of them.

Either we return those right to whom they belong, either we give back all that we have taken, either we cease to think about ourselves as anything other than just another animal and behave accordingly or all life ceases to exist.







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Our species feels the need to mold their environment to accommodate themselves , ignoring the consequences of their harsh and callous footsteps.

We are the only species who, in order to survive, destroy that world we need in order to survive.

And we consider ourselves superior?

Other species are far better at being who they are than we could ever be.

So how about some respect for our superiors!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson




5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 13, 2021 6:37 am

    Our species feels the need to mold their environment to accommodate themselves , ignoring the consequences of their harsh and callous footsteps.

    We are the only species who, in order to survive, destroy that world we need in order to survive.

    And we consider ourselves superior?

    Other species are far better at being who they are than we could ever be.

    So how about some respect for our superiors!

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 13, 2021 8:58 am

      Agree and very well-said, my dear; I don’t know if you meant that as strictly commentary but I’m going to include it above since it is perfect as always. Thank you so much, wonderful poet. ❤

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  2. December 13, 2021 7:07 am

    Yes Stacy very true. Animals and humans both from the same life force but in different bodies. Equal to me .

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    • December 13, 2021 8:52 am

      I cannot take credit for the words, but well-said, Linda, thank you.

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