Sentience: Feeling or sensation as distinguished from perception and thought. (Webster’s)
In 2004 PBS produced a documentary titled, “Journey of Man” hosted by Dr. Spencer Wells which genetically traced the origin of mankind to a small tribe in Africa.
Dr. Wells proved, scientifically, that we, human beings, are all related genetically.
Conservationist Dr. Carl Safina wrote, “. . . Life is very vivid to animals. In many cases they know who they are. They know who their friends are and who their rivals are. They have ambitions for higher status. They compete. Their lives follow the arc of a career, like ours do. We both try to stay alive, get food and shelter, and raise some young for the next generation . . .”
Mankind is the only animal species that can choose between love and hate. While other animals kill their own kind, it is not out of hate it is an instinctual response to the conditions in their environment.
We choose to allow children to starve to death because they are poor and the artificial lines on a map tell us they are not part of our world and therefore do not matter.
We choose to ignore the violence perpetrated against children of war because we do not see it unless the news reports it.
We choose to accept a dehumanizing system of education that maintains the ignorance of our children which allows the elite to continue to control and enslave the masses for the love of money.
As human beings we have the opportunity to choose between love and hate and it seems hate is our primary choice.
When we provide every child in America with a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, caring, actively engaged adults who understand that we are all family, we will recognize the fact that we live on one planet, Earth and the only boundaries that exist are in our hearts and our minds.
We will become sentient beings who feel that love is a better choice.
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