I refuse to be reduced to a mere survivor in a dog eat dog world.
I refuse to be reduced to a sheepish, cowering herd animal.
I refuse to be reduced to a rat in some mad scientist’s maze.
I refuse to be reduced to just another link in the food chain, literally or figuratively, as either prey or predator.
I refuse to be reduced to a bundle of reflexes that hijack my mouth, eyes, ears, hands, and feet before my better self has a chance to deliberate.
To these ends I refuse to accept a universe so cruel that it would grant me such aspirations without also providing me the means for achieving them… or at least the chance to find meaning in the trying.
And so, I begin my quest for such transcendence by declaring such an opportunity to be not just a scientific possibility, but by declaring its pursuit to be a moral necessity.