For example, we are told that humans are top of the food chain – we are the smartest and most successful species on the planet. And yet - look what we are doing to it with climate change, pollution, famine and wars? Not very smart. Could our perception of being the smartest, being special, be hindering us? Also, I would say that we can only measure other animals' intelligence through the lens of our own perception. So we can't really know for sure how smart other animals are.
If an alien came to this planet, after a quick survey of all the species living here it might surmise that bacteria are the top of the chain, since there are more of them than anything else. Aliens might even look at humans as vehicles for bacteria (our guts hold trillions of them), much like we travel in cars.
Thinking you are special is a trick of the ego that serves to keep us separate from each other. When you realise that we all go through the same ups and downs, highs and lows, it keeps you grounded and connected. It also leads to compassion, when you realise that others are dealing with the same 'ego tricks' as you are. And that you are essentially the same, though you may have lived through different experiences.
I came across a post recently on Instagram from @corymuscara: 'I don't believe there are 'bad' people; I believe in cause and effect.' Cory Muscara was once a monk and is now a mindfulness teacher. I agree with him. All the things that happen to us have an effect on us. And how we respond very much depends on where we are and our level of awareness. We may act out and our actions then have an effect on other people, a bit like the way incoming waves cross each other to make new patterns and ripples.
Perhaps the answer is to add some kindness into the mix when you can. When feeling abundantly happy, let it spill out into your day and cause a ripple of its own. You don't know where that ripple will end up.
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