Whoever values an animal’s life less,
knows little of life,
and the arrogance of belief
that humans are more evolved,
is an assumption that reeks
Each facet of life form is equal,
made of the same atoms,
the same material of existence,
and to say one is more important than another
is ludicrous from any perspective,
for we are all a part of one living matrix.
Addressing life in the measure of importance,
evolution, classification or sentience,
is a linear perspective and thus limited,
not understanding the various states of life
and concluding within time
that one has more value than another.
Plants and animals do not wage war,
do not lie, kill maliciously
or suffer from narcissism, greed or lust,
they abide by natural laws,
and live harmoniously within their environment,
all of which man does not.
Plants and animals share,
are connected profoundly to this earth
and one another,
they live in respect and do not pollute
or take more than their share of life’s bounty,
only what they need to survive;
man depletes without thought.
And in arrogance we feel we are more evolved,
on some levels yes,
but on most levels of importance, we fail
ourselves and our environment,
and most poignantly all other earthy life,
in our arrogant view of superiority.
All other life on this planet gives freely,
and we just take and take, rarely giving back,
and in our stance of ignorance
we are the destroyers,
the greatest potential with little to show.
Tony DeLorger © 2017
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