If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth. Chief Seattle

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  1. Barb Estinson says:

    I love this picture and this quote.

  2. me says:

    Your website is amazing. Thank you!

    Sad that there are many that don’t understand the value of animals.

  3. I couldn’t agree with Chief Seattle more. However, would someone (maybe L or Jesse?) please help me to understand the connectedness of cockroaches?! Do cockroaches have a purpose in life?

    • Sandy says:

      Hi DiAnne: I cannot verify if this is true but i checked several sites and they seemed to say about the same thing:

      So do these disgusting, annoying, ugly (from any angle really) creatures have any reason to live?

      Well it turns out the parasites do play an important role in our vast ecology. They are part of the global food web – ‘the circle of life’. Here is why:

      Cockroaches eat just about anything. Being omnivore scavengers, they decompose and recycle the organic litter left behind by larger animals. The other big bonus is that cockroaches do not care about what they eat. Possessing a wide variety of bacteria and protozoa in their digestive system, they can eat everything!

      This is one of the main reasons as to why cockroaches have survived for such a long period of time – 300 million years to be exact. Cockroaches declined in number as the earth’s climate changed periodically, but they are currently thriving due to human impact. The little scavengers live for two things – heat, and a decent feed (both of which we have in abundance). Humans have re-created the Utopia for cockroaches. Our homes are kept warm all year round, and we leave food lying all over the place. To top things off, there are plenty of places to hide for the cockroach – under the stove, in the dishwasher, behind the toaster – the list is endless.

      Funnily enough, most cockroaches aren’t pests. There are almost 3,500 species of cockroach in the world, and only 10 are on the World Health Organisation list of human pests. The majority of the cockroaches do not care about humans and their houses – choosing instead to recycle the waste products that are left outside. They also serve as food to small mammals, birds, amphibians and lizards.

  4. me says:

    Thank you Sandy. I hadn’t a clue.

    Remember Animal Speak: (Native American book I gave you Di Anne?) — here’s another view totem wise:

    Cockroach teaches the art of adaptability and ultimate survival instincts under any conditions making this creature an emotional and spiritual shape shifter. He will teach perseverance and tenacity along with going with the flow of events. Cockroach applies determination and fortitude to survive in any event. The wisdom of Cockroach teaches how to keep in touch with the world around you, shows how to strengthen vitality and quickness of movement, ability to discern when and how to move, and make use of available resources. Are you looking into the recesses of your spirit for answers? Are digging deep enough to find what is hidden? Are you adapting to recent circumstances as well as you could? It time for Cockroach to teach the art of adapting and finding what is hidden.


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