perception quote

All animals are somebody—someone with a life of their own. Behind those eyes is a story, the story of their life in their world as they experience it. In our culture, we have been encouraged to think of animals as things, as commodities. The great challenge lies in having a change of perception. The realization that they have a life of their own, independent of their utility to me or to anyone else: this is what I am trying to get at when I speak of them as being “subjects of a life.” In this sense, they are exactly like us, equal to us. — Tom Regan

“The only thing we can perceive are our perceptions. In other words, consciousness is the matrix upon which the cosmos is apprehended. Color, sound, temperature, and the like exist only as perceptions in our head, not as absolute essences. In the broadest sense, we cannot be sure of an outside universe at all.”

There are times when I appreciate my sensitivity because I can help others and because I truly feel there is strength in being soft. There are also times when I hate my sensitivity because so many people misinterpret it as weakness and childish. Sometimes I hate feeling things so intensely. Sometimes I wish I didn’t feel anything at all. There are voices in my head asking me what is wrong with me, why I am the way I am, and why I was born in a world that sees what makes me, me, as weak. Sometimes I wish there was an on/off switch.
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