Plants and animals teach us patience, coexistence and sustainable way of life
Plants, animals and humans are three forms of life on earth. Humans smile in bliss and weep in pain, but animals neither laugh during ecstasy nor shed tears in agony. Animals can feel threat to run but plants cannot even move. Humans being wise creature have more responsibilities.
Plants are icons of extreme patience, sacrifice and munificence. They absorb waste carbon dioxide from air to provide oxygen, foods, fruits and flowers. They use only eight photons to fix one carbon dioxide molecule. Natural processes occur in most efficient manner.
Trees stand on their place during heat waves, cold spells and high winds. They tolerate all natural and human caused stresses yet continue their services as nature has defined their survival in service. Plants supply shades to humans in blazing sun and habitat to animals in storms.
Plants spray water vapors in environment to cause cooling more than several tons’ air conditioners. Plant a tree for future generations as our forerunners planted for us. Tree and plants provide oxygen to breathe and food to eat. Despite lifelong services trees become fuel for us at the end of their life.
All divine books advise humans to be kind and patient in the matters of animals who cannot argue their case. An Italian Court sentenced a bear to death that had attacked two persons. Animal rights activists are asking the Court to revert this decision. Saints named after animals (Cats rearing saint, crows rearing saint etc.) in South Asia served humans as well as animals.
Animals teach us golden rule of coexistence. Power, speed and skills are the rule of law in nature. Hawks use their speed and muscle power to hunt birds. Wild animals live in groups for sustainable settlements. Herds too live in groups but do not fight back collectively. A group of African buffaloes have learnt the skill of hunting lions with unity and integrity.
A pack of wolves hunting buffaloes and a pride of lions hunting zebras for living look ruthless but God has made their stomachs to eat only meat, not grass. We also do the same by slaying animals to eat. They are carnivore, cows and buffaloes are herbivore and humans are omnivore. Animal hunt one another to keep a natural balance for sustainable living.
Our planet with sky high mountains, vast deserts, green plains and unfathomable oceans in infinite cool cosmos replete of stars and galaxies is a wonderful learning place. Plants, birds and animals are the oldest scholars in this natural university. Animals teach us the life thrives on life.
Nature has already worked out creative solutions for coexistence of all forms of life on earth. Humans, being the wisest creature on planet, can further optimize these technologies. Our forerunners developed submarines and airplanes by observing fishes in oceans and birds in air.
Our air, infantry and naval forces were inspired by wars among birds, animals and marine species. Eagles attack pigeons and migratory birds which use diving, gliding and sharp turning tactics to escape. Lions, wolves and dogs attack in groups to hunt bigger size animals. Marine species use their teeth, power and speed to hunt crowds of shoaling fishes.
Sharks hunt sea lions who have eaten already many small marine species that same as looting of a man who has already looted many others. Police, doctors and dacoits loot traders, property dealers and hoarders who have already looted people.
You might have seen at least in national geography channel parenthood of animals. Eagles fly miles away to find meat for their chicks, cats search house to house for meat for their kittens, camels put their calves under their own shadow in sunny desert and deer starts lingering save her fawn from lion’s attack. Hens and birds fight back to eagles and dogs to protect their chicks and hatchlings. Coalition of lions, wrath of camel, loyalty of dogs and coherent dance of dolphins are well known to us all.
Humans, of course, are the most intelligent creature in universe. They started learning from animals and reached climax of wisdom in less than 200,000 years. We know the facts yet often engage in wrong ways for greed and lust. We are aware of seven sins and goods yet often do not care.
We did not know at start the consequence of fossil fuels. Soon, we learnt of air pollution and climate change yet did not care. Prophets have told us very clearly what animals to eat and what not, yet we continued eating pigs, boars, pangolin and bats that led us all to Covid-19 pandemic.
Humans are new species on planet, but plants and animals are here for zillions of years. We have developed many natures inspired technologies yet here are many more innovative ways there to learn for sustainable living and development. When water comes in pound the fishes are borne and as it dries up all the marine species die except amphibians to have learnt to live in water as well as on land.
Eagles inspired air planes, elephant trunk inspired robotic arm, mosquito’s proboscis inspired injection needles, shark skin inspired swim suits, whale inspired submarines, swarm inspired drones, humpback whale flippers inspired turbine blades, bio-inspired robots, pitcher plants inspired slippery surfaces, beetles and cacti inspire air wells are few examples to quote.
Nature works in an organized discipline. Principles of nature never change. Whosoever has created this gargantuan cosmic system it works under well-defined rules. Whoever, abides by natural rules, succeeds others fail. A nation is like a balloon in near surface air, either it moves up or falls down. Satellites can float in space where gravity of earth equals to celestial bodies.
Academic pundits know the workers learn more at work place than in classroom. They learn by working, observing, talking and correcting among people who know. Formal learning in class and workshop is hardly 10 to 20% of what people learn at work place. We overinvest in formal education and training programs instead of natural informal learning programs [Jay 2007].
This is law of jungle where power matters. Role of UN platform has reduced to an excuse used to justify attack on weaker countries. NATO is a typical example pride of lions hunting weaker countries. Islamic countries love US constitution but not US policies.
End poverty, not the poor on planet. Hope keeps human alive to achieve their targets. Hopelessness provokes victims to do or die. Despair can make weaker people brave too. Hopeless people either commit suicide or stand up to fight to end. UN must give hope to poor people in Kashmir. We should not ignore all evils when decide to like, and forget all goods when decide to hate.
End of all false hopes forces people to perceive ideas for creative innovations for survival. Nature is always there to inspire and guide. Muslim countries, especially Pakistan, have no option except to involve in basic and advance research to explore new ways to develop technologies for economy and defense. Reliance on imported technologies and product is no more a sustainable solution.
Jay C, Informal learning: Rediscovering the natural pathways that inspire innovation and performance, John Wiley & Sons, 2007
Wusat Ullah Khan, This is our factory, Daily Express News, 14 January 2020.