TALK TO THE ANIMALS

“In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them, I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat.” 

What are we starving for?

Hope?

Wonder?

Fearlessness to give, completely?

Freedom.

There are more obese children in the world, over 100 million, than underweight children.

Don’t finish that. There are fat children in Africa!

The arc of humanity, it seems, is to make sure we find the lasting weakness, the abiding crutch, the devastating, life-limiting addiction of everyone — then make it as cheap and accessible for them as theoretically possible.

Our mortality and humanness exposed.

And yet, I still have my money on magic, on improvement, on the bettering of the world, its people and things, on our selves.

We are so close to wonder.

Imagine if we had the technology to (literally) talk to the animals. That would be wonderful.

Whales and dolphins (Cetaceans) live in tightly-knit social groups, have complex relationships, talk to each other and even have regional dialects – much like human societies.

Dr Susanne Shultz, an evolutionary biologist in Manchester’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, said: “As humans, our ability to socially interact and cultivate relationships has allowed us to colonise almost every ecosystem and environment on the planet. We know whales and dolphins also have exceptionally large and anatomically sophisticated brains and, therefore, have created a similar marine based culture.

Swim with the dolphins? Imagine being able to talk with them.

I wonder: Would they lie to us?

If so, why?

We live with lies, partly because few want to challenge enforced communal doctrine. Mostly because we are comfortable with less than the truth.

Has Silicon Valley created any — just one — great product, great business, great disruption since the region pivoted to diversity and inclusion?

Though we have been assured that such a move is cosmologically paramount.

It is a lie.

Imagine if Steve Jobs used diversity and inclusion as just a criteria, not the primary one, when putting together the team to build the iPhone.

We would all still be typing on physical keypads, the mobile revolution as frustrating as attempting to drive your expensive, taxpayer-subsidized electric vehicle more than 40 miles.

But we want to believe.

We want to believe so hard that we embrace lies in the belief they will get us closer to our beliefs.

Our humanness will out.

Belief is good. Hope is good. These can propel us just as much as they might limit us.

But know: You are not powerless, not against food, drink, drugs, screens, not what comes next, not even against ideas.