What it means to be a Sapient

When people ask me this question I know they aren’t asking the definition of sapiency, but the deeper question of what it means to the Sapient Revolution.

It’s an easy question to answer for anyone who has lost loved ones, or barely escaped death or dire situations.

During these moments there is a crystal clarity of what life is all about – the frivolities laid bare.

Those things which we fought for, striven towards, worked for, and run away from, are revealed in their absurdity – their foolishness, their ignorance.

The situations and people we ignored, the beauty we didn’t take the time to notice or cherish, are seen rushing away from our grasp – too late to taste or touch.

We recognize the choices we should have made, the crucial events we turned our backs on, the short time periods we thought would last forever just for us, because we were too distracted, drugged, drunk or depressed.

The smiles and kindness from others that we took for granted, the love and kindness we used and tossed away like old newspapers.

A never ending parade of mistakes, and lapses, breaks us down to our knees in horrific regret – and give us rare insight into how small and feeble we are in comparison to the magnificent grandeur and awesome beauty of a life – that we have taken for granted.

For a Sapient – the clarity of those moments and the promises we made during them, are carried away with solemn thankfulness.

Full appreciation in the intricate beauty of the simple things we once ignored, takes our breath away.

Like the racist who in war, is carried on the back to safety by one of those he subjected to indignity and hate, we are awoken.

Like the dying patient on the brink of death, who is brought back to life and to her family by one of those whose desperate plight we apathetically ignored, we fully recognize our grave errors by working side by side with them.

Life is recognized as the supreme gift in this universe, and every moment is felt the awe of wonder.

Life, is recognized as the most precious, precarious treasure we know – One to be protected and lived with humble gratitude.

Life, some rare substance which in all the universe that we know of, only we on this planet share.

Sapient life, that only we Humans share, makes us caretakers of one another and of this planet – our one and only family on our one and only home.

Our Sapient symbol represents – Contemplation of the Human Situation – bringing into crystal clarity, Humanity’s crucial obligation for the realization of a universal nation.

We see that Life is not some time period beyond our control – but a gift on a canvas, on which we all have the ability, and the responsibility to paint with loving consistency.

Accepting this larger purpose to make the world a better place for us today, and for those who will follow, lay a secret surprise in a wrapped up box – a key to peace and happiness.

This understanding, this recognition – is the ticket, the password to gain entrance into the beautiful and varied garden of humanity – which enriches a Sapient’s life beyond what most have experienced – surrounding and envelopment in a radiant warmth of steadfast comrades – along the astonishing, colorful, musical, scented and delicious human path.

It’s a secret passage of shared humor, insights, cultures, solace and yes, of Love of each other – not just Toleration but deep Appreciation – of our gorgeous diversity – and a recognition of what connects us all – our Humanity.

Atlas Teru