Is the Golden Rule (do unto others as you would have them do unto you) exclusive to humans? Our actions point to yes
Imagine going about your day just living as you usually do. Everything seems fine but what you don’t know is that someone is dressed up in special clothing so that you won’t be able to detect them; they are wearing special scents so you can’t smell them and they are hiding behind walls, doors, trees, and couches so if you do sense that something feels off, you won’t be able to pinpoint where your fear is stemming from.
They have a weapon loaded and they are ready to kill you.
You are oblivious, but they are hunting you. You didn’t consent to the “game of hunting”, but they feel that somehow this one-sided pursuit is a game that you are both a part of.
And then it happens. You’re hit. You feel pain and fear and then you’re dead.
Your loved ones are lost and confused without you. They don’t understand why you’re gone.
Your child will not have you there to protect them and teach them everything they need to know.
Your family will never function the same. Your friends will miss spending time with you.
Your death will affect so much more than just you, and the world will never be the same without you in it.
And with your death, the human being who hunted you feels as though they did something courageous and necessary.
They felt brave behind their weapon when you stood oblivious and unable to defend yourself.
They felt it necessary to take your life but you know that it really wasn’t.
They feel that you are now a trophy, and they keep a piece of your body to remind them of the time they stalked you and murdered you. They feel what they did is morally okay because:
“it’s the circle of life”
“they are helping the planet and the area in which you lived”
“it is something people have been doing since the beginning of time”
“they need to eat you to live because people need to eat flesh”
But these are all statements that can be easily disproved so, in the end, you died for no reason at all.
I can tell you one truth from this tragedy– I would mourn your loss. I would grieve for you. I would cry tears because the world lost you and you were beautiful and perfect. You were put on this Earth just the same as me, just the same as all of US and you deserved to be here. And lastly, I would spend the rest of my life trying to help everyone on this beautiful planet do everything in, and with love.
Because what happened to you was not fair and I know you deserved better.
Love always & live well