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Animal Kingdom

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dandelionWhat is considered a higher life form? Are dolphins greater than pigs? Are pigs greater than dogs? Are dogs greater than insects? Are humans the highest life form of all? Is there even a hierarchy to begin with? So often people judge what animals or resources are acceptable to eat or to consume based on the idea that some creatures are more important than another. But who makes this decision? Who is to say that the value received from a dolphin is greater than a pig, or that humans are above all other creatures? Who is to say that any extrinsic value is greater than any intrinsic value, or vice versa? Does not each creature serve a purpose, regardless if that purpose is known to us or not? Does not each individual for that matter, serve a purpose? Who is to say what is that purpose?

Even the lowly garden weed serves its role. Though many might see it as a nuisance, perhaps it serves as a reminder that despite its appearance, and despite the harsh environments it sometimes faces, it perseveres. Others might judge it. Others might try to destroy it and replace it with something they deem more appealing, but yet it survives.

We can even look to an ant or grub. Many would see them as insects or bugs that do nothing but invade our space, and steal our food. Regardless of how we perceive them, do they not also sustain us? Do they not remind us to be mindful of our surroundings and of current circumstances, in good times and in bad?

Each individual points the way, down from an ant, to a lowly garden weed, up to the most advanced primates. How and if we decide to see what they have to offer is up to us. So perhaps before we crown ourselves superior, we should ask what each individual has to offer.

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Life’s Splendor

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It has been suggested that man has been born unto this world because it is God’s punishment for our disobedience. It is said that we were originally created as spirit to be companions for God, but were placed in this material world and born into flesh until we can find our way back to Him. It is also said that we will repeat this cycle of birth and rebirth until we have overcome our karma. The wicked shall be born into lower life forms and the righteous shall be rewarded with splendor?

To this I say, how can we call this a punishment? We are given companions in all forms of life. We are given the green Earth, the rolling hills, the majestic mountains and the enigmatic clouds. We are given the vast oceans and food in abundance. We are given the music of nature and the songs of thousands of birds and insects. We are given the warmth of the sun, and the changing seasons to remind us of all of the gifts that have been bestowed upon us. All these things we are given, and yet we call this a punishment.

Ungrateful are they who wish their life away. Ungrateful are they who turn their back on others. Ungrateful are they who waste and horde. Ungrateful are they who take advantage of the weak. Ungrateful are they who would enslave their brothers and sisters. Ungrateful are they who would call this a punishment.

Life is only a punishment if we make it a punishment. Life is only uncaring if we choose to be uncaring. Life is only cold if we choose to hate. Life is what we make it. So whether some choose to see this existence as a punishment or a blessing, I choose to see this life as an expression of God’s love for us all. For if God is God, surely He would have better things to do than to punish His own creation.