Science is still in its infancy. Our knowledge and understanding expands by the second. Give it a couple of thousand years and there is no telling what it will have uncovered. It will be a different world.
Consciousness is something that we have only recently had the tools to enable us to explore. It is a wondrous result of evolution.
Are all creatures conscious? Do plants possess consciousness? Who would dare say?
Will we develop machines that are fully conscious in the near future? Will they be independent and more intelligent than us?
How many creatures on this planet have had consciousness on a par with our own? Surely the other species of humans had? But they are, unfortunately, gone. Surely our nearest ape cousins have consciousness comparable to our own? Surely whales, with their bigger brains than us have comparable consciousness to that of our own? – Different certainly, but on a par – or superior?
Consciousness is a wondrous thing to be cherished. However you believe it came about surely it is to be nourished, nurtured and celebrated?
Why then are we not cherishing it? Why are we driving our cousin, the apes, to extinction? Hunting and killing Orangutans, Chimps and Gorillas? Harpooning whales for a little blubber and a snack?
Why can’t we cherish something that is so wondrous and seek to preserve it?
‘You don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.’