we’re always hearing about what makes humans so different from other animals (hello? who are we trying to hard to convince? who’s even listening?) but rarely are we reminded of what makes humans so much the same as so many other animal creatures of this particular planet, such as: sleeping and waking, breathing, seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, moving, limbs, blood, having notions, eating and drinking and their consequences, coming to be, lifespans, ceasing to be, communicating, DNA, cells, water and carbon and certain other elements, pairing and mating, injury, accidents, successes and failures at transient endeavors, dreaming, remembering, being alert, learning, playing, being eaten, falling down. it must be something like ninety nine point something percent what we have in common with other animal creatures of this particular planet, and yet, so many of us sincerely believe we are somehow something else entirely. animal creatures of this particular planet; it’s got a lot to do with everything.