I’m not exactly an insect enthusiast, but every now and then I can’t help but be captivated by their tiny, tiny bodies just trying to make it in this great, big world. When a beetle crosses my path, I can think of nothing more logical to do but to patiently let it be. (What has that beetle ever done to deserve being squashed or reviled?) If humans are expected to treat one another with tolerance, why would we not extend that to other life forms? Because we’re human and we have domain? Hmmm, that’s the kind of thinking that fueled Manifest Destiny.
I believe our idea of intelligence and sentience is subjective. OK, I know many scientists, biologists, and entomologists would disagree, and they’re probably right. But even though we’re convinced we’re the smartest creatures on the planet, we’re only judging “intelligence” on our own terms. I feel like it’s possible that animals may exist on an entirely different plane of consciousness. We really don’t know.
It sounds kinda nutty, I know. But just look at elephants, which most people respect as highly intelligent, intuitive animals. They have their own way of communicating (through stomach rumbles), know how to use tools, and have a strong sense of family. They didn’t invent the internet, but they don’t need that; they’re already living life to the fullest. I always wonder if elephants look at us and think we have it all wrong, always thinking rather than just being—distracted by some pursuit of happiness when it’s readily available in the abundance and force of nature. Are we the smart ones?
Anyway, intelligence is no measure of the worth of a human being’s life. Everyone deserves to live—and so does every thing. Am I right?
I know they’re kinda creepy and pesky at times, but if you give bugs a chance, they can fascinate and inspire. They’re evidence of Mother Nature’s true brilliance—the intricate, beautiful details of the world we live in. Here are five of the most exquisite little critters out there. If you’re lucky enough to see one of these in the flesh (er, in the exoskeleton) once in your lifetime, and you don’t react like this guy, then do you have a soul?
Imperial tortoise beetle
Rosy maple moth
Hibiscus harlequin bug