What if Human Beings are Not Supposed to be Our First Priority?

–Don’t you think the time has come to clean even a tiny part of our mess and provide animals with all the attention they deserve?

Don’t you think the time has come to clean even a tiny part of our mess and provide animals with all the attention they deserve?

Although humans come first as we must, there is a special place for our four-legged friends in our animal lovers’ hearts.

—Darlene Corbett

This beautiful quote extracted from an exquisite piece created by my dear friend Darlene Corbett and shared on BIZCATALYST 360° was the trigger of articulating my thoughts. For this, I am sending my deepest gratitude in her direction!

I will need to respectfully disagree. It seems to me there is no legitimate reason why people should come first. Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying our species is not a priority.

I am merely stipulating it doesn’t have to be at the top of our life priorities list!

Unlike human beings, animals stayed pure. I believe all of them deserve our compassion and investment in time & energy whenever is possible.

Appealingly, we may offer free acts of kindness to strangers from humankind. If you know me even a little, I trust you are already aware that almost all of my storytelling promotes tender-heartedness and implicitly models servant leadership. Nonetheless, I am a firm believer that investing in humans — in other words, relationships — need to be selective and earned. The ability to build trust is a prerequisite to me.

As opposed to the magical animals, all we can have for some people is unconditional love and pity while wishing them peace. This universal love is accessible when reconnecting with the true self—at least to some extent.

Appealingly, we stole the animals’ environment because of our self-centeredness, greed, and the delusion of being the Centre of the cosmos and superior species. As if it wasn’t enough to destroy their world — mother nature, we also exploited them remorselessly, starting from the Agricultural revolution.

Interestingly, I began the work of turning vegan because of it, and I am thankful to my first volunteering program in Brazil for allowing me to live as so for three weeks.

I know it is a matter of time until it becomes a reality. By working on it, I mean doing the required inner work of progressively moving from hating cooking to hopefully loving it at some point. I have the following proof from my history it is feasible:

While I was enjoying my Body Balance class today, I had an epiphany: “Hold on, Myriam; you’re already flying!” This class is a beautiful mixture of three disciplines: Yoga, Thai-Chi, and Pilates — in other words, equilibrium is a keyword. One of the movements is going by the name of “the airplane”! You need to understand that I used to hate this class before 2019. I couldn’t stand stillness. From 2010 to early 2019, I used to exclusively attend cardio classes, where I could be wild and let the warrior in me express herself! In January 2019, the unexpected for an unconscious person like the former me occurred: an offset of my left patella! I was not yet aware of my irresponsible exercising behavior that was 100% focused on cardio training. I felt devastated. I was still healing from my narcissistic abuse that almost killed me three months earlier so that I could gain some strength before starting the process of re-writing my invasive subconscious program. Exercising was one of my foremost healing resources. I stopped for a moment and reflected on it. What if this was the universe’s new sign telling me I was ready for the real homework? Did you guess what I did? Bingo! I listened to the sign!

Also, I am still unable to afford to become vegan, substitutes-wise. Doesn’t this speak volumes about how subtly disrespectful towards animals the part of the globe I am living in is?

Last words

Your priorities are your choice, and I will always respect them, whatever they are, given that I respect you and believe in free will. Also, I will wholeheartedly support them, especially if they are principle-centered and coming from some self-aware explorations.

I only thought of sharing my perspective about why it is fair, to me, to put animals first with the hope it will resonate with you. I will still respect and value your perspective if not!


Myriam Ben Salem
Myriam Ben Salem
I am deeply passionate about everything life has to offer. Writing has been my very favorite means to educate my audience, captivate their attention, talk to their emotions, and make them relate and take action. I have been honored by working as a columnist for BIZCATALYST 360°, an Award-Winning life, culture, and biz new media digest, serving as the global hub for enhanced performance and well-being, during 2020. Also, I am a contributing author in Mayhem to Miracles: True Stories of Courage, Triumph, and Peace. I am so in love with writing that I have a peaceful smile drawn on my face whenever I start visualizing the books I will be writing for whoever will be tempted to discover an inclusive philosophy breaking with all the stigmas! I was born in Tunisia, a small country in North Africa. I did pretty much everything earlier than the average: walking, talking, singing, dancing. Promoted throughout my entire education, I was also the leader of every end-of-year party. At some point, after working several years for multinational companies as an engineer, team leader, project coordinator, and product owner while always being a top performer, I figured out I was feeling miserable despite the 'perfect external image'. That marked the starting point of an existential crisis followed by an episode that triggered my re-birth and the beginning of the most rewarding adventure of my whole existence: re-writing my subconscious program and reconnecting with my true self. I was saved at the last moment through an out-of-body experience making me see all the lies, realize this gigantic Universe was not revolving around me. Most importantly, I was able to visualize I was here to leave a legacy like all of you, no matter how big or small! The butterfly took time to emerge though. Today, I identify myself as a Universal Citizen. Like-minded and light-hearted people are what I call home. I am deeply passionate about everything life has to offer, and was granted the edutainer qualifier: a combination between education and entertainment! I educate on the importance of healing unsuspected traumas, seeing our limiting beliefs and biases with honest lenses, finding one's purpose and a principled mission that goes beyond the self, and unleashing the hidden potential so that to leave our legacy for the generations unborn. I have been using a panoply of means that could vary from explicit ones such as mentorship, speaking, and writing, a skill that emerged naturally during my self-actualization process to implicit mediums like storytelling, how I daily show up in the world and model servant leadership! Writing is my very favorite and most preferred tool deployed for my mission. The topics I explore are in the nexus of stoic philosophy, psychology, neuroplasticity, epigenetics, and pretty much any topic involving human behavior. Common denominator? The quality of the subconscious program. You may have a look at some of my works published on my website; Set Yourself Free.

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