In my Ethical Theory class we have been studying philosophers’ arguments on morality and the possibility of universal moral law. Many of these arguments address the need for happiness, yet also deem emotional pursuits and simple pleasures to be inferior to those of an intellectual nature. I understand this logic, which points to the fruits of intellectual endeavors which bring benefits for all mankind, such as technology and communications. These endeavors most definitely have their place in civilization and our evolution. But I fear that in downplaying emotions, and the importance of emotional interpretation of reality, we further ignore and disconnect ourselves from the heart and our interconnectedness with all that is. The Golden Rule, which can be found throughout time and across cultures in similar forms, states that we should treat others the way we would like to be treated. Our generation’s job is to now expand upon this approach. We would not have to mentally rationalize with ourselves and put ourselves in another’s shoes if our world view already encompassed the Golden Rule and recognized the connectedness of consciousness. This knowledge has always been available to us, whether you look to popular culture and the film Avatar with the Na’vi saying “I see you,” or the ancient Mayan saying, “In Lak’ech,” which means “I am another you” and “you are another me.” I don’t believe that moral law can be dictated by hierarchy, that any creature be it stone or man, takes precedence over another. I believe that in the universe everything has its place and that humanity is moving into an age where we have a choice to not only recognize and value our own innate worth and purpose, but to also see it reflected all around us.