Amazing Intelligence in Animals — Elephants

“We admire elephants in part because they demonstrate what we consider the finest human traits: empathy, self-awareness, and social intelligence. But the way we treat them puts on display the very worst of human behavior.”  — Graydon Carter

You’ve heard that elephants have a great memory. Well, that’s not all they have. Elephant’s are considered the world’s most intelligent animal, and are similar to a human’s brains in many ways.

According to an article in Wikipedia, Elephants manifest a wide variety of behaviors, including those associated with grief, learning, mimicry play, altruism, use of tools, compassion, cooperation, self-awareness, (and, of course) memory and communication.”

An elephant’s cortex also has as many neurons as the human brain suggesting convergent evolution. That is, “the independent evolution of similar features in species of different lineages.” They also possess strong family ties, possessing one of the most closely-knit societies of any species, and display grief at the passing of a family member. According to many researchers in this field, it is morally wrong for humans to cull them!

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi

There is one ability elephants don’t have that we humans have: the ability to make war against neighboring elephant families and other animal specifies! – Sorry, I just had to get that dig in.

One of my favorite thoughts is, “If god created it, love it!” (and God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. Genesis 1:31)

About Albert Schindler

I was born on the 27th of February, 1931, on a farm near Hubbard, Saskatchewan. As far back as I can remember I had a spirit that would not stay earthbound. In junior high, I remember taking first place for a short story in which I described my terrifying encounter with a dinosaur. In outer space – that is, when the teacher wasn’t directly speaking to me, I went where Buck Rogers wouldn’t dare go. I was more of a Calvin in Calvin and Hobbes type of guy, with my own, personal, very powerful, transmogrifyer always at the ready. In my ‘teens and twenties, I pushed aside my Calvin alter ego in favour of making a living and didn’t take seriously again my ‘writer’s bug’ until my late 30s. I still saw that the world as full of exciting things to learn and investigate, which my writing reflected in the several articles and a couple of short fiction pieces that I wrote and sold, including over 30 children’s radio plays for Alberta’s ACCESS Radio. Unfortunately, I abandoned my budding writing career in favour of starting my own business as a sign painter. Now that I can officially call myself ‘retired,’ I plan to resume my writing career, only this time, writing mostly fiction. Why fiction? I have lead a great, adventurous life in which I made many mistakes (the ‘adventure’ in life), that have taught me some very important lessons and allowed my spirit to grow to unimaginable proportions, inconceivable to me while still in my thirties. In fiction, I believe, one can adventure into both the inner and outer consciousness of man and the universe to infinite levels where only the boldest dare peak. Convention holds that article writing has to be factual – oh, you can be creative in how you present your information, but ‘fact’ (whatever that means) still must have its parameters in article writing, whereas fiction is limited only by the size of a writer’s spirit, and so far, I haven’t been able to fathom my limit.
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