(Annabel Venning) She had arrived in America only a few months earlier. After a stormy 16-week voyage across the Atlantic, Jane, a 14-year-old girl from southern England, would have been relieved to reach land when she scrambled ashore at Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in America, in August 1609.
But any sense of salvation was to be short-lived. For, soon afterwards, the colony began to starve.
Food was already scarce when seven ships — including the one Jane travelled on — arrived with another 300 settlers to add to the 100 or so trying to eke out an existence in the swampy outpost.
As I scrolled through my Facebook news feed, I discovered the following captioned photo, being shared fromhereby my friend, Siobhán L., and promptly shared it to my own wall…
Essay by Captain Paul Watson: “What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel! In apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals!” – William Shakespeare, Hamlet The human species may not be the paragon of animals as Hamlet so eloquently described to us. There is another group of species on this Earth perhaps more deserving of such lofty praise. It is ironic that science, in its pursuit of knowledge, may soon lead us to understand that we are not what we believe or desire ourselves to be, that we are not the most knowledgeable life-form on the planet. Biological science is provoking us to shatter our image of human superiority. Confronted with new realities, we may be forced to change our perceptions. For the first time in our history, a small group of scientists stands on the threshold of communicating with a non-human intelligence. Probing the oceans instead of deep space, they are searching for an alternative terrestrial intelligence. (ATI)” (Read Entire Caption Here…)
The following correspondence originally took place upon the Facebook wall of my friend, and fellow Autistic self-advocate, Jason Ross…
“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
Jason R.: Human beings are diverse and by being diverse there is a time to live to spread ourselves along the pie and reveal what makes us diverse until it’s time not to. Our whole life we live until it’s time not to in which case we extend the baton to our successors. It’s time for everyone to show what true diversity in Human culture is and respect that. Every person has their own unique and special qualities to share with someone who wants to receive it. The moments that we receive, we also give back. Diversity is everywhere and all biological life is beautiful forming connections with different forms of life. Not every form of life get along with each other, but there is still tolerance