I admit that I have a motive behind these writings: I hope to bend the minds of people away from people. We should all aim to widen our views of the world. Anaïs Nin said: “We don’t see the world as it is, we see it as we are.”
As we try to see through another’s eyes, we gain a more complete perspective and truer understanding of our world. Imagine seeing the world through the eyes of another species. My aim is to encourage people to look at the world as seen by creatures other than ourselves, to imagine seeing and hearing as other species see and hear.
This story is a great way to think about the abilities and preferences of the other creatures on earth:
I went to an art exhibit the other day by a well-known painter—a mantis shrimp from the Andaman Sea off the coast of Thailand. I was standing next to her as I looked at one of her paintings and remarked:
“This side of the canvas is certainly beautiful.”
“Thank you”, she said.
“But why did you leave this side of the canvas blank?”
The little shrimp looked at me as if I were an alien and exclaimed, “That’s the most beautiful section! Look at the subtle shades of ultraviolet.”
“Uh…”, I replied, “I can’t see ultraviolet light.”
“Oh. I see,” she said dismissively and walked away.
Mantis shrimp can see colors that we cannot even fathom. Their world is colored with images and light patterns that we can’t even imagine. When we create music, we do it with our abilities and preferences in mind. This is why we don’t play music in frequencies that we can’t hear—most people think, “what would be the point?”
When we consider the other creatures around us, we are willing to provide for their health, but most people assume that they are primitive forms of life whose behaviors are directed by “instincts.” Therefore, art, music, and other beautiful experiences we have as humans are lost on the animals of the world.
My particular contribution to this cause is to try to provide beauty for other species through music. Since I have joined the ranks of those who recognize that animals are conscious and sentient, just as we are, I have made that contribution my central and defining purpose.
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