As I stood mesmerized at this sight at the San Diego Zoo, I could not help but see these creatures in a new light and with a profound sense of connection.
Just minutes before, I had watched as an orangutan adjusted the spray of water coming from a spigot. One of the staff explained this new phenomena.
"She has taken a stick to spray the water to different places and she adjusts it as she wants" This creature has learned to understand that her actions impact her surroundings. She has learned to fashion tools to make her efforts more effective.
I watched as the orangutan pressed the end of the spigot with its finger, spraying the more forceful jet into its mouth. I remember doing the same thing as a child.
Our connection to nature runs deep. We are given a glimpse of ourselves in the mirror of nature and are able to reflect on what this means in our life. We may be called to smile more and play. We may be called to a sense of wonder. And we may be called to action.
Many animals are threatened and in need of our help. They are being lost in the human pursuit of progress. And it isn't until we consider them in the mirror of our progress that we can see how our progress has to change.
Take the time to consider the creatures around you and around the world. See them as beautiful and necessary. See them as a part of us.
As we progress, let us find ways for us to grow together.