Gorilla Behavior

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Gorilla Behavior - 12 Jan 2006

Today I am writing about the second of the two articles on page 5 of the January 2006 issue of “Science & Theology News” that I mentioned in yesterday’s Blog.

Under the heading “Discoveries” and the title “Gorilla behavior a tough nut to crack”, the writer Dana Goblaskas says “…wild gorillas are proving that they have more competency with tools than scientists originally thought.” “…keepers at a gorilla sanctuary in Congo witnessed a female gorilla smashing palm nuts between rocks.” “…two other gorillas in the Congo rain forests were also seen recently using tools. One used a stick to test the depth of a pool of water before wading into it, and the other used a detached tree trunk both as a bridge and as a method of support while digging for herbs.”

It’s obvious from these new findings that humans have just begun to scratch the surface of the vast amount of knowledge about their fellow earthlings that they are missing. We humans, in our arrogance, are so busy devising new and better ways to destroy each other and the rest of God’s creation, that we miss out on the joy of living in peace as God originally intended.

Perhaps we can learn from the gorillas how to appreciate and enjoy the simple things in life.

"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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