A Bird Goes Stalking

A bird stands on a meadow. He watches the grass. Then, too fast for the eye to realize the motion in detail, he picks . An earthworm flounders in its beak. The bird swallows it.

A cat jumps on the bird, hardly after the worm was eaten. One moment after the bird is gobbled, a hunter will shoot the cat and lets his dog retrieve her.

Had the hunter shot the cat a moment earlier, it would have been spared the bird. But many worms would have died, eaten by this particular bird.

Had the hunter shot the bird, the worms would have been saved, and the cat would have survived, and perhaps many birds would have been eaten by the cat.

Had the worms the ability to grasp birds legs and draw them into the earth, the worms would have quickly eradicated the birds, and many worm lives would be saved, but some cat will starve, and a plague of insects may result.

Everything is connected with everything. If every human tries to stay as long as possible alive, and take as little as possible other beings life, then the system remains in balance, and the death has the lowest prey.


Anonymous said...

beautiful insights... the post so touches my spirit... thanks a lot

Ray Gratzner said...

Hello kebelle, you are welcome.

Liara Covert said...

This reminds me a bit of Aesop. You offer food for thought. Thanks!

Ray Gratzner said...

Hello liara,

and Aesop is the unchallenged alltime master of fable. Thank you

A.V.C. said...

A very nice example of the fact that we seldom stop to think about the consequences of our actions. Also, it hints at how difficult it is to calculate those consequences, even when we try to.
In essence, all is perfect, but we have not got the reasoning capacity to realize it.
Thank you!

Ray Gratzner said...

Hello a.v.c. thank you for sharing your thoughts.