Animals: They were here first
There are so many good-hearted people in the world who truly have an altruistic nature. I looked up the definition for altruism, "the belief in or practice of disinterested or selfless concern for the well-being of others." I wondered if there was a similar definition for altruism in animals. I found a zoological definition, "behavior of an animal that benefits another at its own expense." That's interesting. Even animals who are supposed to be in it strictly for survival of the fittest have a soft spot for sharing.
Years ago, I read about a dog that fell into a pit out in some farmer's field. The dog's family looked everywhere for their lost pet. They put up posters all over town and tacked them on telephone poles along the road.
Come to find out, a dog who lived across the valley had been taking food to his fellow canine. The little old lady that owned the altruistic dog said that she wondered why her dog’s bones weren’t left around the house as usual, even his toys were disappearing. She couldn’t find his favorite old torn up tennis ball. So she followed her dog one evening to find him dropping his dinner bone down a pit. She took a look and to her astonishment, her neighbor's dog was down there surrounded by her dog’s toys and old bones!
We humans have a hard time learning how to share. We hear all the reminders from days back to the sandbox, yet forget those early lessons so easily. Once again, we must look to the animals, who have been perfecting the art of tribal negotiation for centuries, to teach us the nobler benefits of community living.