JasmineAmethyst

humanity is not exclusive to humans

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I'm watching a documentary about Koko, a gorilla who can communicate with sign language. She was taught by a human being how to communicate in the way humans do. And people were filled up with love for Koko, for her warmth and innocence and intelligence and sense of fun. People who knew Koko were able to connect with her and love her in the way we love other humans. Their reasoning was that they thought Koko was displaying "humanity". But then I thought, maybe what we know as humanity isn't exclusive to humans. At all. And the reason that the collective don't love animals in the same way we love other humans is because we see animals and they do not communicate in the way we do. We make this mean that they are separate from us, and that they do not have feelings or consciousness. Nothing could be further from the truth. We just don't make the effort to see it. We expect their emotional displays to be the same as ours and because they are not we tell ourselves the emotions aren't there. And this is a sickness among human beings themselves! It really awakened my mind to unconditional acceptance of the people around us. To start seeing animals (humans are animals too, as much as we've been socialised to think we're not) instead of seeing possible triggers. There's power in this kind of collective, I think. Because we are all aware of the sentience of all that is. But human conditioning has us suppressing that connectedness.

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I really like watching the koko videos on YouTube. I really agree with you on just about everything. I believe that humans are a species of animals, however we are advanced from Koko on so many levels socially, phycologically and physical. Not to change the subject but that makes me think about what scientist call the 'missing link'. Anyways, for what ever reason the gap between us and our closest cousin Koko, humanity is what they say is 'on top of the food chain' of all the species of animals on this earth and I believe that we should start treating animals as we do ourselves and maybe even stop the massive slaughter for human food of animals.

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I'd like to add that being " advanced" shouldn't make you better and after you watch and read all that you can into this lovely being and many others like her that have gained publicity.  She's SUPER duper intelligent.  doesn't mean she has to be able to speak " english".  the two companions she had since she was a baby, after bonding with her day by day, they have found how all of what they have experienced tears down the weird sayings about how the other animals are stupid and lookit us wearing clothes and destroying the planet...  I remember a talk given by her or another, about " just be nice to eachother"  and especially the famous line about to respect nature and stuff.. And useful enough that gorillas have their own language, full of action and gestures.  VERY deep and psychological interactions.  Those documentaries dive right into that so i'm sure you know about all of this anyway~!

This is an extra tool those two people along with her brother figure and probably many others now.  AND not to mention, they are teaching their young what they have learned, AND i LOVED the fact of HOW she uses the limited words she has learned for complex meanings to convey her thoughts and feelings.

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