We are all interconnected.
For the last week I have been thinking about my relationship with nature. What follows I have decided to break into a series of blogs over the coming days.
Amongst my many adventures with nature I have given a helping hand to many animals.
This week I came across a spider creating its web across a door of a house; the web was quarter complete, and I knew that this spider was onto a loser, because as soon as someone passed through that door the web would be shattered. As an act of kindness I destroyed the web so that the spider would begin again in another suitable place, but waste only a quarter of its resources through my vandalism rather than all its resources on its web later.
Earlier in the year I interfered with the progress of a hedgehog, assisting police by removing it from its journey across a busy road to get to a grass-covered roundabout. Had the hedgehog proceeded in its mission, it would have been crushed under the wheels of a vehicle. The hedgehog was deposited in a place of safety.
Many times this year I have since they were small been feeding a family of three cygnets and their parents. This act of kindness however had a selfish motive in that I wanted to grab their attention for the purpose of my photography.
Reflecting on these three examples, spider and hedgehog would have reacted with great hostility to my vandalism, their handling and my interference with their activities. The swans appreciated my food, but if I got too close to them, especially their cygnets, they started hissing and getting aggressive. My acts of kindness to be honest won no appreciation for my person or existence with these animals; I could almost say they were the most ungrateful of creatures.
Thus is my question(s): Why am I being kind to these animals? Why should I bother to accommodate my life with the rest of nature? Do I have a responsibility to nature? What do I gain out of this? What should be my strategy to nature? What should the relationship of mankind be to nature?
One part of the jigsaw slotted into place when I took a photograph of a spider web on Thursday, the insight that we are all interconnected on the web of life. From this insight things started to come together, to which I will write further in my next blog.