But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish of the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the LORD has done this?
~ Job 12:7-9
In this world of relativity, we are all relatives.
~ Ron Rattner, Sutra Sayings
Birds Have Feelings*
All sentient creatures feel in their own way;
feelings are not exclusive to humans.
Below … a barn swallow’s female mate is injured and the condition is soon fatal. She was hit by a car as she swooped low across the road.
Here he brought her food and attended to her with love and compassion.
He brought her food again but was shocked to find her dead.
He tried to move her….a rarely-seen effort for swallows!
Aware that his sweetheart is dead and will never come back to him again,
he cries with adoring love.
He stood beside her, saddened of her death.
Finally aware that she would never return to him,
he stood beside her body with sadness and sorrow.
Supposedly, millions of people cried after watching these pictures in America, Europe and Asia. It is said that the photographer sold these pictures for a nominal fee to the most famous newspaper in France; that all copies of that newspaper were sold out on the day these pictures were published.
And many people think animals don’t have a brain or feelings???
You have just witnessed Love and Sorrow felt by God’s creatures.
The Creator knows when a sparrow falls.
Live simply, love generously, care deeply and speak kindly.
Grace is the Creator reaching down.
Faith is humanity reaching back.
“And what is more important than knowledge?” asks the mind.
“Caring and seeing with the heart” answers the soul.
*Footnote – Unknown author; edited and augmented by Ron Rattner
Ron’s Commentary on How Birds Remind Us to Live The ‘Golden Rule’:
All sentient creatures feel in their own way; feelings are not exclusive to humans.
After midlife I gradually realized that all lifeforms, even plants and apparent non-living inanimate objects share as their deepest essence ONE universal consciousness; that all space-time forms and phenomena are manifestations of the same cosmic consciousness; and, that this entire reality is a projected holographic/fractal play of consciousness.
However, in this age of mental malaise most people have lost conscious awareness of our deep oneness with all life everywhere. Hence they ignorantly fail to follow the “golden rule” of reciprocal empathy for other creatures and people. And they treat others as they would not want to be treated themselves.
Moreover, there are many powerful purported “leaders” who are ruling the world without apparent empathy for the unsustainable devastation and immense suffering they cause or condone. At the root of much world suffering is the US empire which is hypocritically and plutocratically governed top-down by an anonymous military industrial complex supported by self-seeking billionaires, sociopaths and psychopaths.
Today as an eloquent reminder of our deep connection with all other lifeforms, I have posted the foregoing edited anonymous essay with photos, “Birds Have Feelings”, which I discovered on-line years ago. For sustainable survival of our species, humans – like birds – must have compassion for death and suffering of their kind, and for all life everywhere.
So may this posting about birds help inspire and remind us – and our purported leaders – of our deep capacity and necessity to live the golden rule of empathetic concern for each other, and for all life our precious planet.
And so may it be!