Do animals have concepts of other? other species? I pondered this question after reading this story of cooperation between humpback and gray whales in defending a baby whale from Orca whales who attacked it. This article offers excellent documentation of this cooperation. It also proposes which parts of a mammalian nervous system are designed for this level of cooperation. It is wonderful to see continued documentation of behaviors in other species that we oddly consider limited to humans due to our species centric egoic perspective of life. Perhaps if we begin with a perspective that we are essentially the same, rather than essentially different, we might behave differently to other species and not destroy them and all our shared habitat. Again perhaps we should begin with asking the right questions or begin with a unified field theory, that we are truly all one.
On Mother’s Day, it is sad to see one species killing the baby of another for food. Yet, it is also beautiful to see other species trying to help the mother protect her young. On Mother’s Day, perhaps we can view each other as being mother to all beings, to our environment and to all of nature and perhaps we can create a world where we care for and love all of nature as our child. May all beings assist in protecting our precious children from harm whether from other beings, or from harmful ecocidal practices, from control issues that are not in the best interest of all beings and from the lack of truth. Happy Mother’s Day to Mother Earth as well!