The civilization that now dominates all life on this planet is based on the perception that the human species, Homo sapiens, is separated from the Natural World and operates independently of the natural processes and limitations on all other species.
Those regarded as “uncivilized,” are considered lower than real humans, closer to animals, lacking the advantages of civilized human life.
Seems questionable taste.
“For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.”
In reality, all life is of a piece, all part of the grand Mulitiverse that surrounds and enfolds us all. All living things have virtue. All lives matter.
If there is one thing we’ve learned from modern science, it’s that at the basic level of quantum physics, which undergirds everything, there is no separation, there are no separate particles, no things distinct from one another. All things are accumulations of atoms. All atoms are accumulations of sub atomic “particles.” All subatomic particles are statistical tendencies to be in one place rather than everywhere else.
More than ‘When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.’
When one tugs at a single thing in nature, one finds it is indistinguishable from the rest of the Multiverse.
The separation of humans from nature is a human mental construct.
This perception of separation can be changed.