The spider won
In general, I’ve noticed that humans feel a sense of entitlement and importance in all aspects of life and over all living things in life.
If you think about it, humans don’t respect the animal kingdom, nature, or insects. It wasn’t until I observed the way humans treat nature, saw fear in a spider, and observed a busy little bee that I felt humbled and evermore equal to all things in nature, a bee, and a spider.
While I was at the park one day, I watched how much the younger generation disrespects nature/earth. There were tossed water bottles all over the basketball court, under trees, all over the grass—at least 100 of them.
Rather than walk 20 feet to put a bottle on a garbage can, people throw the plastic bottles and trash wherever. It’s their sense of entitlement; they feel privileged; why should they have to walk to put a bottle in a can? The human ego is terrible.
Now to the spider….I have to tell you; I never kill bugs in the last few years. Just something about them, I feel bad. I scoop them up and place them outside. I believe this is because the more we evolve on our spiritual journey, the more we realize how we are a part of all things. We are all equal. Not better than each other.
So there’s been this gigantic brown spider outside my house. He’s taken up residence under my deck, right where I open the door to take the dog out. This spider really gave me a fright after seeing his size and ability to collect lanternflies in his web.
My first instinct was to knock down the web, so I did. The spider ran and hid behind my window as I knocked down the web. I could sense the fear in him, and he didn’t want me to hurt him. The next day, I go back out, and he’s there again, him, his web, and a new collection of lanternflies. So again, I took down the web. He ran and hid again.
The third day I go outside, he’s back again. This time was different, though. Before, when I took down his web, he sat there watching me, then hid. This time the second I opened the door, he ran and hid behind the window. He knew, but I didn’t knock down his web. I felt his fear. Why should I knock down his web? Why am I better than him? I should respect his space, as he does mine. So he won; his web is still there. Think about what I’ve said; I hope it clicks for you.
Then we have the bee. I’m not a fan of bees. But… over the summer, I watched the bees come to my birdbath and drink water from it. There was something about watching the bees drink water that got me, honestly almost made me cry. Each day they would wait for me to fill the water sitting in one of the plants, but they were never aggressive with me. Why? Because I wasn’t in fear of them or aggressive with them.
My point is, an animal or insect isn’t going to attack you unless it feels threatened. As humans, we are threatening. I’m not saying play with the bees but maybe respect them.
In the larger scheme of things, we are no better than the spider or the bee. We aren’t above nature or the animals, even the insects. These things all have fear, just like you and me. We are all here equally fighting for our place in a world filled with ego and entitlement.
There is no right or better than; we are all equal, we are all connected. We’re not money or the things we own; neither are we how we look or what we are.
Remember that the next time you think of someone or something, less than yourself. As it is written, Genesis 3:19 For dust you are, and to dust, you shall return.
Ponder that a bit.