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4th-of-July-Burger

 

In these times of rapid global change we tend to seek a sense of stability and security by holding a tight grip to old customs and tradition. The fact is that some of these traditions which most people rarely question because they are so embedded into the culture can actually be detrimental.

One prime example of such traditions is the American ritual of cooking and eating hot dogs and hamburgers. This custom has become probably a sacred tradition in American culture, the celebration of Independence Day on the 4th of July.

I have a message to those who still believe consuming burgers is a patriotic duty. If you are a proud American, you should have no problem demonstrating the values our culture so well advertises to the rest of the world. I am referring to the exercise of courage, truth and justice, and let’s not forget the crusade against all evil.

And to honor that courage, truth and justice we so highly regard in our beloved country may I ask that you watch this video?

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I do not know how much I would pay or what I would do for an event of such transcendence. The fact is I would not be surprised if someone had already developed a technology not just to communicate with but to actually speak to our intelligent cousins. It is suspected these relatives are not necessarily less smart than we are. They just have not had the chance yet to exploit their intelligence as we humans have, but do not assume their moment will not come.

Despite our arrogant sense of human supremacy and progress we have become dumb enough to believe the future of human evolution is the so called Singularity, a separation from Nature and our very own humanity where we are destined to become immortal Techno Gods as we upload our mind and soul to a supercomputer.

I on the other hand envision a somewhat distant future where man will have evolved enough to finally address non-human intelligent earthlings as equal citizens of planet Earth. I imagine a world where ironically the non-humans will return to us the humanity we lost in our primitive pursuit of material progress; where enlightened wild life will teach us a new way to reconnect with Nature which will inevitably bring new way social order.

Maybe we will have to wait until such time before we can understand the TRUE MEANING of DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, GLOBAL SOCIAL JUSTICE and SUSTAINABILITY. Call me a dreamer. I love it when you do that.

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Source: Scitable by Nature Education

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484208_137805016368941_551799004_nI wonder how an alien species would feel about our passion for finding life beyond earth considering the danger that we pose to most of the species with which we share the planet species. Such aliens would have to have a similar disregard and low consciousness about non-human life.

I hope we never have to meet such dangerous aliens, for our own good. I am sorry I did not even consider the safety of the other terrestrial life forms. How selfish of me to forget about our fellow earthlings whom we owe so much!

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There is a pressing need to expand the concept of democracy and social justice at the truly global level, that is, to the rest of the planet. Doing so means bringing those principles beyond the human realm.

We need to extend integrity, truth and justice to the rest of the biosphere. We need to expand the Bill of Rights to the non-human world, to our cousin species whose voice we ignore or fail to hear because they cannot talk. We need an Amnesty International to call out the horrible suffering and injustice we humans inflict on other life forms for reasons as frivolous as shear profit.

We must overcome our dangerous but unsuspected human prejudice, the premise we are the apex of creation and subsequently we have the right to cause unaccounted and limitless harm to other life forms risking our very life-sustaining system, just to satisfy our needs, desires and addictions.

There will come a point not far in the future where we will be forced to understand we are just one more element of the natural ecosystem with no special rights or privileges over the rest of our fellow non-human earthlings. A brand new type of humility will need to be born at the individual and collective level if we ever decide to do justice for and live in integrity with ‘everyone else’ in this planet. The unsustainable human prejudice mentioned here has a root cause and a solution. I will be writing more about it in this forum provided the level of interest this specific audience shows.

Cows suffering a confined-animal-feeding-operation in a factory farm in the U.S.

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