We show compassion when someone’s in trouble, stressed-out, or in any kind of suffering, physical or emotional. Often, we see ourselves in that person to which we’re showing compassion.
Nan Hauser is a scientist who has worked underwater and abovewater, with whales for about twenty-eight years, doing research on their lives, species.
One day, she, in the water, near her boat, noticed a Hump Back Whale swimming in her direction, and another in the distance.
She then noticed that the Hump Back Whale in the distance, was slapping its sturdy fin very forcefully on top of the water, but still didn’t know how this all fit together. The whale gave the slap-happy whale a lot of whale-torque.
Meanwhile, the other Hump Back draws closer to her, almost on top of her in the water, it kept swimming straight towards her, and the next thing she realized, she was riding up on top of the whale. At that point in time, she was just trying to make sense of it all; she knew it was a whale by the kinds of tail motions she observed.
She starting getting anxious (a forty-five to forty-six foot whale bearing down on her). She responded as most of us would-with fear.
As the whale bared-down on her, and got to her, after getting her on top of its head, it attempted to put Ms. Hauser under her pectoral fine in what seemed to be a compassionate act of protection & safety.
As this was all happening, she noticed a Tiger Shark circling her farther out in the water-this was what the other whale was doing by slapping the water, trying to decoy the shark, to hit it if it broke the surface.
After this oceanly beating, the shark swam away for her life! She may have thought to herself, “I just came out for a little fun and a swim, and all I get is beat-up by a whale. Not fair!” Now, she’s racing through the water, cutting it up just like a knife.
It swam to Nan, and gave her a big hug with both of her pectoral fins! She recited in an NPR interview “I was hugged by a whale; if it hadn’t of happened to me, I wouldn’t have believed it either!” She said that it was on her birthday, retelling that she’d gotten a birthday present from a Hump Back-a hug.
Clearly, most living things have compassion for their own, a mama and her little ones, or perhaps it could be called intra-species compassion-a species, for example, ant eaters, would generally have compassion for other ant eaters. True that?
As usual, there can always be exceptions to the rule. For many species, it’s a distinctive rite of passage for males to fight other males for the females in the herd. This is at a particular phase in their life cycles, and certainly doesn’t exclude them from showing compassion in other scenarios.
So, when they go into this type of competitive cameo, and I guarantee you they’re not compassionate, but very competitive, you see they got that “little thing” waiting for them over near the boulders.
Could it be that whales and humans somehow are linked genetically? Genes can marry before the legal age, so was there any kind of evolutionary dependency of one on the other, or both on each other as they evolved? Suppose this were true, and that both species were inter-linked by emotional or intuitional factors-how would that have effected our different evolutionary courses?
Copyright: CBB January 13, 2018