Life is Art, Art is Life
We know humans find some form of value in guarding or watching the bodies of the deceased, but we are beginning to discover that animals may have similar needs.
We have much more in common with animals than we think. If you are observant you can see animals rituals even in your own neighborhood. Not long ago I was in a sushi restaurant in Tokyo. Behind me was a fish tank with many squid waiting to be eaten. One squid didn’t look well and while I was watching he died and sank to the bottom of the tank. All the other squid swam to the bottom of the tank and formed a circle around him, noses down, tails up at a 45 degree angle to their friend. They stayed that way for the rest of the time I was at the suishi shop, at least 30 minutes. They showed great respect and care for the deceased squid. I’ve never been able to eat squid since then.
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