Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Compassion or Survival?
Dolphins. Mammals of the sea with a high level of intelligence to boot. I have read some articles about them, specifically because an article on dolphins making a living raft for another caught my interest. It was not the dolphins that made me want to write about them but the concept of feelings versus instinct/survival of the fittest. The life raft the dolphins made for the other dying dolphin in the pod was deemed to be an act of caring and compassion. Labeling it as such it just didn’t sound right, it had to be something instinctual.
Could it be that the dolphins are caring for each other or is it just a survival tactic that benefits the whole pod? Dolphins exist in pods that are used for social interactions, feeding and protection. If a member of the pod ceases to exist then that makes the pod more venerable to attacks and less members to hunt for prey. The pod that was recorded creating a living raft for the injured member could instinctively know the consequences of losing a member. By aiding in the survival that means they would be stronger as a whole and able to defend themselves from predators such as sharks and other dolphin pods. What I am trying to point out, is people tend to enforce a label on what it is that someone or something does instead of looking at the bigger picture of why. It could be feelings of compassion but it could also just be instinct and survival methods.
What are your opinions? Could it be that the dolphins are showing their compassion for a pod member or are they just trying to survive or both?
Posted by Sunni-Lynn Farias