What We Can Learn

?? - posted on 03/28/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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http://5thworld.com/Paradigm/Postings/!Wisdom/OrangutanAndHound.html



(sorry if the link doesn't work, you may have to copy and paste because of the ! in it)



I got this video in an email today and I thought it was pretty interesting. At the bottom of it there is a lil caption that says;



We humans often cannot get along with other humans because the tone of their skin differs from ours. How much can we learn from these two species, whose love for each other spans across species lines?




The video tells the story of Surya, the orangutan, meeting a hound dog by the river, that they later name Roscoe. The 2 animals play, share and have a friendship with each other that some humans can't even fathom the thought of having with someone who is the same species, just a lil bit different.



And I'm not talking about just race -- even though the caption is specific to that -- I would like this discussion to be about all differences - a hatred for any particular trait or feature that any group of humans possess that another group of humans focus on and despise them solely because of that single quality.



We see pictures of different animals that otherwise have no reason to acknowledge the others existance, or are even natural predators to each other, who develop friendships and love, caring for and play with each other... BUT... the same humans who say we are better than animals, won't look at, talk too and spend their whole lives hating someone (and people they will never know) over an irrelivant feature.



Are humans REALLY that much better than other animals? Do you think we can learn from these animals or is it just shit luck that those animals develop and become that attached to each other?

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Sharon - posted on 03/29/2010

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Humans are just ignorant. Well some of them.



For animals.... I wonder if this interspecies thing is indicative of evolution? They aren't supposed to like other species because of the competition/predator factors. And yet.... some species get beyond that... I love it, regardless!

Mary - posted on 03/29/2010

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So sweet!

It's similar to small children. We are born without prejudices, hatred, or pre-conceived notions. A toddler will not know it's relevant that you are gay, black, white, republican, or whatever. They like or dislike you based soley on your interactions with them. If you are kind, fun, and play with them, they will respond in kind, regardless of your physical attributes.



Fear, hatred, disgust...these are all taught to small children as they grow up by the adults around them.

Lisamarie - posted on 03/29/2010

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Aww that has got to be one of the cutest things I have ever seen! :)
I think animals are a lot more intelligent than we know and it is amazing how these two animals feed off eachothers happiness. :) However, I think humans have too much intelligence therefore they questions things a lot more and judge people more, unfortunately this can push people away or you could be too suspicious of people to try and get to know them.

Lady - posted on 03/29/2010

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It does work - click on the link, then on wisdom and choose orangutan and hound.

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