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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.