Looking at the development of humanity we could see that we are going through a special period in our development. The globalization process has showed us that we exist in a closed whole system and we ought to realize it and learn how to advance correctly. Since we are an intelligent part of nature we need to study its laws and obey them.

Today I’d like to bring up a few amazing examples of how cooperation works in nature.

Bees and flowers

A unique cooperation of hard-working bees and flowers is one of the examples of symbiosis that supports livelihood of both, the bees and the flowers.  The bees pollinate flowers, which means that they transfer the pollen made by one flower of one plant to the flower of another plant. In this process bees collect pollen from one flower and redistribute the pollen on to other flowers they land on. Pollination results in the formation of seeds, while simultaneously the pollen provides the bees with nutrients the bees need.  Besides honey that bees make, pollen is the only food that bees eat.

What’s interesting is when flowers don’t have enough food for bees after pollination they have a few ways to warn their buddies: they lose aroma, drop their petals, turn their heads the other ways or change color – signs of courtesy to their collaborators.

Ants

Millennia ago, King Solomon wrote about these little creatures, “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” (Prov. 6:6-8)

There is an enormous amount of research devoted to the ants’ studies. Ants’ colonies are a beautiful example of cooperation, hard work and order.

Nile crocodile and Water Dikkop cooperation

Sometimes nature gives us extraordinary examples of partnerships. For example little birds called Water Dikkop are close friends with Nile Crocodiles who are the much feared reptilian predators of Africa’s rivers and lakes.

The Water Dikkops make their nests next to the croc’s nests. The crocs generally prey on all the birds and their eggs but never touch their little friends. The matter is that the Dikkors help the crocs to guard their nests. If there is a danger they signal and the crocs rush to protect their own and their little friends’ nests.

Long-eared Owl

A long-eared owl brings a blind snake that is a predator right into her nest. The snake works for the owl as a “live-in” housekeeper and a nanny taking care of flies, ants and other insects while protecting little chicks. The scientists noticed that such cooperation helps the chicks grow faster and healthier.

 

 

The list of these examples is endless. Every species on earth has its place and its purpose. Even though humans are more complex species we still need to find the same balance and harmony in every aspect in our lives. Then we will be successful in any endeavor we take on.