· You see, by this time, the hero had also evolved.
· In a day and age of instant access to information
· The hero was exposed to even more truths, as well as untruths;
· Our hero was exposed to revelations, as well as secrets;
· Exposed to new information, as well as mis-information.
· And when the boy evolved into a man with an unshakable belief
· In justice for all, including non-human animals, he heard whispers of this hero.
· That there indeed existed a human being that didn’t need to be convinced;
· Of a human being that understood that the Latin root word of animal
· Means spirit, light, soul, and breath.
· And that the mistreatment of these wonderful beings
· Is the root cause of nearly every issue we face today
· Including our aggressive position in dealing with our own citizens and with other countries
· As well as climate change, hunger, economic strife, and the experience of an unhealthy life.
· This boy, now a man, sensed that heaven would send him a hero.
· And today, I am proud to say that this man’s wish has been fulfilled.
· I’m sure you can guess, that the boy I speak of is me.
· And the hero is….you…
· All of you here at this gathering today.
· You are the person…the hero…the protagonist of this story
· That I have been waiting for all of my life to meet and to work with.