Last saturday, i joined the trip to sungai congkak that was organized by PSG. It was a very nice experience playing games and doing meditation and all, but i really wished that we played congkak :P.
Though, after all those games and more "fun in the water" with those dudes from i-don't-know-where-in-india and the infamous pikachu (who is really irritating) around, it seemed like a good idea to listen to what the forest was trying to say. Yes, indeed, i took some time to sit down in the flowing water of the river, and listen to the sounds around me. Emersed in the sensation of water enveloped around me and keeping my ears towards those animal calls that were all around, it seemed like a very nice escape from the daily routine of living in the city. Besides, it was far, far away from that pikachu. =p
From what i can recall, i seemed to feel very confused by the sounds. Why? Of course, because i did not understand them at all! LOL. Well, i tried to decipher whatever the creatures of the jungle were trying to say but it seemed that i could not use the conventional ways of intepretation. That certainly made me wonder if what researchers today are doing is the correct way to communicate with animals. I mean, the first thing that you should do when immersing yourself into a society is to learn their language and way of doing things. Though, it seems to have gone the other way around. Instead of us learning to be accustomed to the animal habbits, we have conditioned the animals to become more and more like us. Talk about not interfering with natural habitat.
I had an idea, or perhaps a hunch that animals communicated in some similar way that humans do. i have no idea of the terminology, but i like to call it emphatic listening. I don't know if anyone reading this has any knowledge of linguistics, but human language is distinct from other living beings because there is an element that initiates the use of higher cognitive abilities, that other living beings have been thought to lack. But that doesn't make animals stupid. I mean, a monkey certainly knows when you're trying to attack it and by all means it can defend itself as well. So don't try to pick a fight with a monkey because it'll start to throw sticks and stones at you, not to mention start to make sounds that just sound down right annoying. That reminds me of something ironic. You know monkeys, whenever they've eaten a banana they'll just throw the skin on the floor. Humans are thought to throw them in the dustbin. Do monkeys learn this as well? No. Then, in this case the humans might actually be learning from the monkeys. My gosh, are we de-evolving into more primitive forms of primates? Or, who's the more evolved being here? :P
Back to sungai congkak, there's some perculiar feeling that i got when i was contemplating the sound of nature around me. I felt as if i could only discern the tonality of the animal sounds. But normally i'm face to face with the person i'm communicating with and probably that's why i'm having difficulty figuring out what the animals are trying to say. Call me weird, but i seriously think that my dogs can tell what i'm thinking. I want my slipper, and so conveniently it has took it to hide somewhere in the backyard so i just give it "that look". Guess what? It leads me to my slipper that it hid under one of the trees. = = Then my other dog, she's like telling me "please, please open the door. I promise i just want to open the door." Yeah right, you want to get into the house is more like it. I'm like having silent conversations with my pets. It's kind cool and freaky as well, when you think that something can sort of read your mind.
Maybe one day i'll learn to listen to the tones and frequencies that animals use to communicate their messages. Perhaps i can start with people around me, lol. You have to admit that every change of tone in a person's voice can entirely change the context of the message. I believe that animals use the same concept in their language, just that it is more empathy based because they lack the developed prefrontal cortices that are prominent in human brains. Then perhaps there's this flow of energy going around the trees as well? Lol, i'm getting wacky here. Though, more and more i believe in a higher sense of awareness. I'm aiming to head there. Care to join me? :P
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