Nature’s Brightest, Benevolent and Best
Be inspired by nature’s power, but add your own influence as well
What rights are human rights? What rights are animal rights, or forest rights?
Recently there has been much controversy surrounding whether human rights and human beings should have full autonomy as to who should have entitlement to live, where that should be, what class, age, gender, and religion are ‘acceptable.’ The fighting spilled over from children screaming at forced separation in immigration crackdowns, to adults outraged at immigrants being doused with tear gas.
Our politics spill out into the biosphere, too
Our animal kin do not suffer these kinds of questions. But they do suffer from our inability to work it all out. There is still hope, however. We can learn from natural systems, and nature’s ways.
From the tiniest zygote, to the undocumented toddler, to the homeless vet living in the streets, and everybody else all the way up to those who sit upon the supreme court, there are questions and often angry outcry about who (or even in some cases, what is personhood?) and who deserves protection. Should a woman be forced to give birth to an unwanted child? Should a woman care for any unborn baby by mandatory, governmental control when no one else is stepping up to pay for a bright and best childhood? Should a man have any say over whether his biological baby is born? Does everyone deserve to know that contraception prevents most abortion by default? Or that, childbirth is very dangerous, often fatal, especially for impoverished, or unequal women?
These kinds of questions are difficult for humans, yet we must persist. Each situation is a whole life unto itself. We are given limited, but powerful, influence in this world.
Human childbirth is hazardous because nature devised our large brains to emerge through thin torsos, (relative to other species). We have oversized heads that can see, hear, and smell, and inadequate, wobbly bodies that cannot spring up and away, like a newborn gazelle, or calf can.
We are fit to survive only when we are cared for, not by being superior to other species. The supposed superiority humans claim, is not proven.
What are human rights? What are natural rights? Human rights are those agreed upon rules that designate who deserves equal opportunity and treatment. Many people would say, for example, that’s it’s against human rights to put children in cages. What cages does nature put people in?
Nature suggests the natural way for all beings to live is free.
This does not mean free from natural disasters, those come to every planet. Although, it does become an even stickier question — when manmade driven climate disasters and the weather they bring — strikes the least guilty and the most vulnerable.
Nature gives us life, yes. Yet nature can also kill us all in many ways, too. That is why with evolution and natural selection, nature has hit upon the strategy of multitudes.
We (not just sapiens) are given billions of sperm, and millions of eggs. Ever wonder why very, sexually active women don’t give birth every nine months? Most eggs (ovum in humans) of most species are lost, destroyed or eaten, even those that are fertilized. Moreover, those zygotes that fail to implant (more than 80% of them), never see the light of day, yet their many microscopic “human” lives are seldom mourned. Indeed, most slip away undetected as pregnancy.
Most life on Earth just never becomes life. In this regard, sapiens, even with advanced fertility techniques, has not been able to guarantee an unborn, human life with certain rights, the primary one being life itself.
We do a little better with human rights for already born citizens, but there is still a long way to go. Nature does not go into these extreme rabbit holes of definition and binary absolutism. Nature provides a lot of seeds, and waits for whatever climate emerges, or is currently created in our hazardous Anthropocene, to take care of the rest.
Nature does a pretty good job of creating an astonishing diversity of life. Love is an actual survival advantage that helps many animals thrive. As nature is objective and fair in all directions, especially as it relates to autonomy and bodily integrity, the best, brightest and most benevolent often survive. That is, when we value all that is “other” in interdepence, we all gain mutual support and symbiosis.
We can clearly see that the most valued, wanted, loved and protected offspring of any species will become the most likely to survive. An unwanted, or sickly baby will be culled by nature, just as surely as those who are treated as ‘less than’ by people will more quickly fall prey to poverty, poor nutrition, inadequate healthcare, crime and insufficient education. Research shows repeatedly, that the undervalued, whether they are bear cubs or beach bums, will not reach their highest potential, to become the best, brightest or most benevolent, with just meritocracy alone.
Cooperation and compassion are two vital aspects of creating beneficial societies, and benevolent kids. Children do learn what they live. And, love, actually is a determining factor because we can choose it.
Treat biosphere beings as necessary network beings. And so far as our species, treat all persons as whole persons. When science, the law, and medicine agree upon equal personhood, we can at last, watch nature bring out the best of our very human nature.