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Communication key for co-existence

Communication key for co-existence Communication key for co-existence

With the warming air, you might be hearing those first precious song bird calls of spring.

A pair of pigeons have taken up residency right outside the window where Don and I sit to observe the wildlife at our farm. They began making the strangest bobs and sounds. To learn what was going on, I grabbed my book, “Bird Behavior Volume 1” written by the naturalist Donald W. Stokes. It appears that we are witnessing routine visual and auditory “displays” that pigeons use to communicate with each other. Their language is made up of wing-clapping-flight, tail-drags, bows and billing accompanied by various coos and calls.

The Canada geese have arrived back at our pond after wintering farther north. It is rather obvious what they mean with their head pumping and various neck extensions, as they call a honk or hink or snore and hiss at intruders to their territory.

Research shows that all individual lives reach out to become part of something bigger than themselves. Scientists are even recording the communication between trees in a woods and fungi underground. My understanding is that a network of their combined roots form a dense web through which they send signals and information. This communication network builds a mutually beneficial relationship which helps organisms interact with one another.

I am reading the most interesting book, “Mind to Matter,” by Dawson Church. He writes that even when we are not aware of it, our consciousness is sending signals that affect the world around us. Not only our words and actions, but our actual thoughts make a constant impact on ourselves and others. It is the theory that positive vibrations attract positive results and negative vibrations created just the opposite.

We are aware that recently words and actions in our society have become harsh and negative. I am saddened when I hear that some political groups have labeled the destructive riot at our nations capitol “legitimate political discourse.” We pride ourselves with executing free speech in our democracy. We call it out when we see censorship and punishment for thoughts that deviate from the official stand. And yet, we often respond out of fear to ideas that are new or different from what “our” group endorses.

I was struck by the recent comments of two Olympians. Both are past stars and had just turned in disappointing performances. Both said that the thing they will most remember about the 2022 Olympics is, that amid it all, “everyone was so kind” to them. These disappointed athletes had trained hard and seen their dreams vanish, and yet it was the reassuring words and caring hugs that would be their memory of the games.

I have many times heard educators of young children instruct their students to “use your words” not fists to resolve disagreements. However, as I write this, huge military equipment is aimed at targets in foreign countries that disagree with each other. Our constant goal is to resolve international discord through negotiations rather than destructive wars.

How often do we hear of folks having family troubles that just can’t talk to each other about their worries? Pouting, avoiding and silently rebelling will not change much and certainly not help people of differing views understand each other, let alone feel a oneness with them.

No living thing can survive alone. If we live in a commonly shared cosmos, we better learn how to communicate so that we can productively exist with life outside our own bodies.