How does it work and how should it be? I have been reading a few newsletters and articles that express this thought differently. What I mean by this, is is there 2 categories of living species, or three.
- Plant and animal; or
- Plant, animal and human?
For myself for a very long time I know I view this as only 2, plant and animal. For me humans are in the animal category as we are an animal. I think I have trouble separating this into 3 as I do not see humans as any more or any less important than any other animal or plant.
Now the interesting thing about this is I also know that the people writing a few of the things I have been reading lately that do separate into 3, also do not believe humans are any more or any less important than plants or animals either, so why do I let it bother me?
I think this is because of the work I do in the environmental sector and in the business sector. I see businesses and the people behind business put humans first in their business model and thus actually end up creating unsustainable businesses. I also see what you can achieve when you respect all and create a business around working with plants and animals instead of destroying or disregarding them.
I see how words and how you describe things can create precedents or assumptions that are actually untrue. So by describing humans as separate it can be perceived that they are more important, or higher up. This reminds me of one of the very first lessons I did when studying 1st degree Inclusive Wicca – how do you describe yourself, Witch, Pagon, Wiccan, all three, or none? And again really it comes down to what you perceive those words mean and then do they relate to you or not?
Then also remembering that some one else may have different perceptions on what the words mean so while you may think with your interpretations they would be all three. They, with there interpretations of those words, may not. And it is important to respect others points of view.
So in this I guess I really should be taking my own advice, know they do not mean humans come first or are more important. It is just how they express their views which is basically the same as mine anyway.
After all, the more all of the different living species that live on this rock floating around a sun, floating around in space work together. The happier we will all be.
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