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First, you define it as a pest. 

Then you try to make it disappear, 

not finding a way to co-exist. 

Isolating it, excluding it, killing it

because it has no utility for you. 

For instance, getting rid of germs 

or insects that eat your crops. 

But the more you exterminate, 

the more the unintended consequences:

germs develop immunities;

other insects, the ‘good ones’ you need, 

die off. 

Even according to your own project 

of aggrandizing ‘me’, you have failed. 

Perhaps ‘me’ cannot be aggrandized;

perhaps another approach – 

of respect, intrinsic worth

and equality in interconnectedness – 

is called for. 

(This is so

  not only between humans

  and other beings,

  but among humans

  as well.) 


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