Saturday, 20 September 2014

Learning self discipline from Caterpillars

We make roads and road dividers.
But how many times have you seen people driving in opposite directions? Specially two-wheelers and auto-rickshaws? Why do they do so? I would say, lack of self-discipline.

We humans can learn a lot of self-discipline by observing insects like caterpillars.
The other day while on a morning walk, I observed caterpillars feeding on dried pods of thunder lilies in our front yard. See the caterpillar below enjoying its meal. Black seeds of the lilies are about to fall from the pod.

In order to reach the dried up lily, the caterpillar has to traverse all the way on its thin stem. Thunder lilies grow in a bunch. Number of caterpillars thus spot the 'food. And to maintain free flow of 'traffic', the caterpillars follow strict discipline as can be seen in the picture below. Sticking to their 'lanes'! No confusion, no collision.

And here is a picture of half-eaten pod.

Only if all of us followed similar self-discipline in our lives, the world would be a better and safer place to live!

-- Harsh the Ghumakkad/ 20th Sep 2014