“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir
It’s easy to forget we are connected to everything. Often we can feel isolated or separated from one another and the universe, and this always causes pain, sadness and loneliness.
Lawrence Anthony was a conservationist who saved the lives of countless elephants, known for his unique ability to calm traumatized elephants, Anthony became a legend.
He is the author of three books, Baghdad Ark, detailing his efforts to rescue the animals at Baghdad Zoo during the Iraqi war, the forthcoming The Last Rhinos, and his bestselling book ‘The Elephant Whisperer.’
Anthony saved many of the rogues that had left their herds and were destined to be killed by humans. After Anthony’s heart attack at 61, in March 2012, two separate herds of wild South African elephants that he had saved, slowly made their way through Zululand. They had not visited Anthony or his home for over a year.
It is a 12 hour journey, and without eating or drinking, the Elephant’s arrived at Anthony’s compound a day apart of each other. Each herd stayed for two days to mourn and pay their respects to the man who had saved them, and then slowly made their way back into the bush.
How is it, that two separate herds of wild elephants knew that the heart of a great man who had loved them, had suddenly stopped? Is this special connection or bond something we can all have with nature and each other? and if so, why don’t we?
“The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers. I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.” – Rabindranath Tagore