I am afraid of getting older… I am afraid of getting married. Spare me from cooking three meals a day—spare me from the relentless cage of routine and rote. I want to be free… I want, I want to think, to be omniscient… I think I would like to call myself ‘The girl who wanted to be God.’
Scientists have reported that elephants grieve their dead, monkeys perceive injustice, and cockatoos like to dance to the music of the Backstreet Boys. The ethical consequences of Darwin’s notion that the mental capacities of humans and animals differ by degree rather than kind are inescapable. If animals have perceptions, memories, emotions, and intentions, if they feel pain and suffer, if they dance, how can we justify using chimpanzees or dogs or even mice in experiments? Is it simply a matter of might makes right?
I was terrified of being mediocre, so I never behaved in a socially acceptable way.