But what constitutes a being?
Saying that all beings are equal may be a seemingly broad stroke of the brush, but more and more I have come to see this to be clearly evident. I submit some questions to you today that I hope may stimulate your own thought process and reveal a powerful new awareness, and shine a light on the true connectedness that we all have to one another. But I will begin by first asking some questions.
If a person has dark skin, yellow skin or Albino skin, are they less of a being or deserving of lessor rights to life? I’m sure that most all of you would agree that the answer is clearly no.
Now what if that same person was extremely illiterate with a very minimal IQ and verbal skills, would they then become less and of little value?
And to take it a step further, if this person could not speak or even stand upright by themselves, would you then deem them unimportant, unloveable and without value? Lets even consider that they have a rare condition, like Jesus Aceves, who suffers from a congenital condition called Hypertrichosis (werewolf syndrome). Would this living, breathing being now become disposable?
I hope you can see that this is a delusional judgement to think any of us are superior or more valuable than any other living being. Regardless of the color of our skin, the amount of hair on our body, whether we walk on two legs, four legs, swim, crawl or fly. We are all worthy of loving kindness and compassion. The same goodwill that we would offer our child is the same unconditional love and care that we should see all other living beings as fully deserving of.
If we are believers in equal rights, perhaps we must question where each of us draws the line. Then ask yourself what kind of equal rights have boundaries. Where does your compassion stop or end? And if your practice includes sending loving kindness and goodwill to all beings, then it surely sends intentions that all others be free of fear, free of harm, free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
We cannot live a peaceful life when any of our thoughts, words and actions do not support this universally. We only delude ourselves into thinking this life is all about our own personal desires and ego.
We all must examine our own minds and practice. Living a life that is honest and kind as best that we are able. No one is here to judge or criticize, but only to let you know that I accept you and love you unconditionally. Regardless of race, creed, color, or species.
“If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others… why wouldn’t we?”