What lessons are we leaving for the next generation? When we take account of our actions, there is one commonality that crosses all human-created boundaries of cultures, countries, ethnicities, genders, ideologies and religions – it unites us in our humanity.
There’s no question that humanity as a whole has accomplished many great things. Beautiful, powerful and challenging works of art; profound words of poetry and prose; consciousness-shifting philosophy and discourse, astounding advancements in technology and paradigm-altering discoveries in science. These aspects of our species appear unmatched by any other.
We are also unmatched in our capacity for leaving a monolithic amount of destruction in our wake. Unmatched in our creation of arbitrary lines of discrimination—within our very own species—and the resulting horrific enforcement of these false hierarchies, manifesting in such injustices and atrocities as racism, sexism, homophobia, genocide.
We humans have a penchant for assigning value and establishing dominion. For marginalizing those we deem lesser-than.
Perhaps our most impressive attribute—as well as the most dangerous—is our astounding ability to deny the very truth before us. To legitimize our own horrific behavior with the wonders of marketing. To hide away the consequences of our choices and actions. To silence those individuals who would threaten the balance of our collective comfort.
While the injustices and outright crimes we have committed—and continue to commit— against one another are undoubtedly deplorable, the most abused, willfully forgotten and deliberately silenced group of all has always been—and to this day remains—non-human animals.
From the perspectives of historical longevity, cross-cultural pervasiveness, universal enforcement, environmental destruction, socio-economic imbalance and outright body count—humanity’s treatment of non-humans is our single most impactful, lasting, and profound contribution to this world.
It’s rather perverse, really. In all our efforts to unite humanity, to find common ground on a global scale, it is ultimately our collective marginalization, enslavement, abuse, rape, torture and murder of trillions of innocent, sentient beings, that unifies our entire species across cultures, countries, ethnicities, genders, political ideologies and religions. tweet this
Cruelty is our commonality.
But it doesn’t have to be our legacy. tweet this
Our power lies in our voices and our actions—in shining a light on the truth of what we do to animals and by extension to ourselves, one another and our planet. It lies in our refusal not only to participate in the abuse, torture, exploitation, and murder of innocents, but also to lend our assumed endorsement of such atrocities by remaining silent ourselves.
We are up against a global denial of seemingly insurmountable proportions. But we must try.
To not speak is to leave our own legacy of inaction. [tweet this]
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— Emily Moran Barwick
I just watched this Emily, so powerful, so true. It’s unbelievable how it still…breaks my heart every time. Thank you for sharing this amazing video and wake-up call to the world. Will they listen? Some will but not enough. I’ve shared and I hope and pray hearts will be softened and encouraged to make the change, make a difference. THANK YOU EMILY ?????
sally anne hubbard says
Wonderful honest video filled with truth. I hate when humans say we are the most intelligent species. I wish we would become the most compassion which is more important.
kathleen lavelle says
Very powerful ! Well done, Emily, as always !!! I’ll be sharing …….
I’ll always have infinite respect for what you’re doing. I’m proud of being a member of your nugget army and a follower of pretty much everything that as your name on it. xD And this video (like all of your videos) is very powerful and well made. Thank you so much and never give up what you’re doing. You’re making this world a better place and I’ll always support you. Now I’ll go live VEGAN! :D
Emily Barwick says
Wow thank you so much, Maggie! Sorry I’m so late! This really means the world to me! ;D And love your closing line :P Thank you so much for being a member of the Nugget Army!
Eric Mills says
Every species eventually goes extinct, Homo sapiens (sic) included.
RECOMMENDED READING: Alan Weisman’s prize-winning 2007 book, “The World Without Us,” and the coming re-generation.
Elizabeth Magee says
Thank you so much for yet another wonderful video!
Emily Barwick says
You are so welcome! Thank you for your kind words!
Laura Martino says
Trillions and trillions murdered in an eternal holocaust. It must be shared to honor the lost and change our ways. Thank-you for the work you do.
I have watched all of your videos. This is my new favorite.
Emily Barwick says
Oh wow! Thank you so much! It means a lot to me and I wasn’t sure how this would translate in the YouTube world.