There is a basis for empathy and for moral equality.
That is our common condition as conscious beings in this universe.
The thing which makes us sapients and sentients different from the rocks in the ground or the dust between the stars is that we are the part of the universe that is aware of the universe. It's a rare, wondrous, and mysterious thing, and it should be valued more than it is.
Extended Excerpt from “This Week”
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