BATU, Indonesia. Photo by Jes Aznar

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Learning from the Angler Fish

The Guardian has an interesting article about the angler fish, with a lot of strong points.

Take for instance this part:  For a male anglerfish, an increasing reliance on the female results in his organs becoming unnecessary, and he begins to disintegrate. Eventually he's nothing but a lump on her side functioning as the access point for egg fertilisation – an unconscious bulge where once swam an individual.

I agree with some points but of course, there isn't a one-size-fits-all formula in life. Disintegration of oneself is a choice. The key is to be aware of every step in the journey and not be blinded by the daily struggle of survival or the frenzied euphoria of a romanticized life.

The simplest things in life are often the best: hot cappuccino for two; a shared dinner of cream cheese pasta made of left-over ingredients from a recent exhibit; clean sheets; or sharing cold pancakes even during a fight. 

As the Dhammapada once said, "travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone."

photo from The Guardian