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10 Lessons We Can Learn From Animals

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6. Play Fair

Making time to have fun and let loose is vital, but only if you play fair. Studies show that fair play helps both human animals and non-human animals survive. Canines are some of the most moral of us all with their own innate code of conduct when it comes to play time.

7. Relax and Reflect

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to fill our days with places to be and people to meet, but don’t underestimate the†importance†of the quiet moments. Take a cue from our cats and dogs and other animals and relax once in a while.

8. Express Yourself

With so many words to choose from, expressing how we feel should be easy, but that’s not always the case. We often neglect to use the many alternative ways of expressing ourselves such as the†tone†of our voice, our facial expressions, our body language and our posture.

9. Share Abundantly

It’s easy to get caught up in our own wants and desires, but animals remind us that sharing is essential to our success. Humpback whales are one species who place huge importance on cultural transmission. Not only do they learn songs from each other, they also share feeding techniques that allow them to safeguard against the effects of changing ecology.

10. Don’t Ever Give Up

If you ever need inspiration to keep going, then look to the salmon. Our fishy friends swim thousands of miles upstream in efforts to make it back to their birthplace just so they can spawn the next generation. That impossible task on your to-do list doesn’t seem so unachievable now, does it?

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1:53PM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

YES!!!

11:40AM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

oh yes, and we can learn so much more than this from them! Thank you! :)

10:59AM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

continued, so close...

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...see the very same thing in them.

I speak for the voiceless.

10:55AM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

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If all of these are so "normal" and so desirable, if, according to the psychology literature, having these negatives make a person so much better that anyone who possesses less of them is considered delayed or disordered, what does the consensus about this article say about the true worth of "normalcy?"

Next time you get ready to judge an Aspie as intentionally rude just because they don't have all these analysis functions and their darker applications, next time you think, "Well, they should just know better! Everyone else does! No one should have to be told! It's not my responsibility! Oh, I know they say they don't get it, but *I* know that everyone does; they're just faking or making a choice to be different, so they deserve (put nasty consequence of your choice here). I'm self righteous judge, jury and executioner so I'm going to teach them a lesson by (put nasty action of your own here), or any other social "reasoning" not listed, just think about this article.

Just think about the time when you wrote in response to this article that the animals and Aspies of this world have it right, and how much better things would be if the normal people of the earth imitated them.

Just think about the last time you saw someone abuse an animal and how every line of its being cried out, "I'm hurt! Where did that come from? Why did that happen? Did I do something wrong? Then look at an Aspie or Autie being socially punished and see if you can see the very same thing

10:54AM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

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This is not going to make me more popular here, but I expect that will pass. Sometimes it is my duty to be the gadfly on behalf of those who suffer and cannot speak to the issue as well as I can, so here goes.

It surprises me that no one has mentioned Aspies. I am myself an Aspie, and although we don't actually take it all the way to the level described in the article, these good traits are very common among people on the high end of the spectrum. And yet look at how society treats us when we are children.

Some of us are lucky enough, or perseverant enough, or both to "pass" in their later years (like me, thank goodness) so that we can live fine lives, but I'd like to point out that the opposite side of the coin posed in this article is all the things that are so lauded in the books as "normal" social empathy and theory of mind.

Here they are: grudge holding, not forgiving, obsessive worry about what other people might be thinking, not being empathetic or compassionate because we make decisions based on who we think other people are, not on their needs, and all other forms of social hierarchy and judgment, not trusting our senses but instead referring to the group perception of what is possible, good, correct, etc., unfairness, not expressing yourself, not sharing, deliberate dishonesty, especially for personal gain, and so on.

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3:43PM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

Animals are the best. Plus the only "waste" they are responsible for is completely biodegradable and doesn't pollute the planet for everyone else!

6:56AM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

lesson 11: only animals born and live innocent. Humans born innocent but grow up to be greedy and selfish.

6:29AM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

So So True...this should be read daily as a reminder to live life well!

4:00AM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

Shared, thanks.

3:51AM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

11. They are smarter as they do not cause or live ways that cause climate change and put an entire planet in danger

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