An Ethics of Higher Education Responsibilities
Charlotte Achieng-Evensen, Janae Dimick, Ndindi Kitonga, Maryann Krikorian, Kevin Stockbridge and Barry Kanpol
Chapter Five: The Animot in the Classroom: A Revisioning of Educational Graduate Programs
The Animot IN THE Classroom: A Revisioning OF Educational Graduate Programs
Tattooed along the underside of my forearm is a long line of Sanskrit text. It is a mantra, a prayer really, and is translated into English as the following: “May all beings everywhere be peaceful and free.” This is a mantra I have repeated during meditation, yoga, and worship. It is a reminder to myself to remain steadfast on the long path toward nonhuman and human liberation. It is a plea to the perhaps deaf ears of the universe that connects us. It is a fervent wish that I yearn to see come to fruition.
For many, the term “beings” may conjure up images of humans to readers’ minds. However, I use this word as a recognition of all sentient beings who inhabit this world—humans and nonhuman animals alike. Admittedly, utilizing the term “nonhuman animals” is a bit awkward. It does not appeal to the eye nor slip off the tongue easily. However, it is important for my discussion here. Social constructions are rooted in language. If we continue to use the terms “humans” and “animals,” then we subconsciously support a human versus animal binary—a socially constructed dualism because, in reality, humans are animals.
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