To honour our shared humanity and in a bid to highlight our pressing concerns for the condition of mankind and our planet, Irene Fowler (Nigeria) and I (U.S.A.) collaborated on the publication of this article. The link to her OEN webpage is as follows: .opednews.com/author/author514273.html
Perhaps you have read the recent popular little novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain. It features two characters - Denny, a race-car driver, and his dog, Enzo. Denny treats Enzo as his best friend, watching videos of car races with him, talking with him about the fine points of winning races, like declaring "Your car goes where your eyes go"; Enzo takes it all in. Denny senses his dog's acute intelligence, but can't be sure exactly what Enzo comprehends.
Funny thing, though: in actuality Enzo has an extremely keen, human-level mind and he is getting ready to be born in his next life as a human being. He can only bark, but his thinking is crystal clear and his empathy is as deep a river. With a mix of sadness and acceptance Enzo tells the reader: "Gestures are all I have."
One day Denny takes Enzo out on the race track for a treat. He checks out the territory, taking his Bimmer out for some "hot laps" before his competitors arrive. Enzo loves it, barking twice (as agreed beforehand with Denny) to say, "Go Faster!" Denny instructs Enzo to have, "Big eyes, Far eyes."
by Irene Fowler
The cosmic marathon to choose life, stave off, earth's demise
A race away from the cruel, yawning abyss, to an earth rebuilt
Imperiled human and planetary life, all mortgaged to the hilt
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