Coco Calling No.137 - The Scientific Brilliance Of Sharing
Updated: Feb 17, 2021
We parrots have a wonderful old saying that goes like this:
“It’s easier for a parrot to go through the eye of a needle than for an overfat bird to share its food with others.”
I’ve often thought about this from two perspectives. Why is it that so many of “the haves” crave for more and more, even when it’s at the expense of others? And how can a parrot go through the eye of a needle in the first place?
Well, to try to answer this second question, I looked through some of my back copies of the “Journal of Molecular Science.” I mean, after all, how do you get a Hyacinth Macaw to go through the eye of a needle?
Can you get its cells to squeeze up and breathe in a bit, rather like when humans get on board an underground train in the height of the London rush hour? And would they then “ping back” into shape again afterwards? Humans seem to do it when they disembark at Green Park and Piccadilly Circus. Isn’t this world so full of unanswered questions!
As God created the world, nothing will be impossible for Him. And if He so desires, God can pass parrots, camels or anything else through the eye of a needle just like that! But I very much doubt whether human scientists will ever solve the puzzle of how it’s done. Humans simply aren’t clever enough. Maybe human science should focus on other things that often elude mankind. Such as why human society allows for so much self-interest instead of sharing. Why it tolerates the “fat bird” mentality that causes the human world to be so horribly imbalanced. Sharing is a scientifically brilliant concept because it potentially allows everyone to live their lives to their full potential. Sharing knowledge, sharing discoveries, sharing resources, sharing wealth and sharing love. With the end result being a better life for all humanity. But humans have rarely been clever enough to see this. Instead, short-term self-interest and greed have often been the main driving forces for human existence. So that today’s world is very much divided up between “the haves” and “the have nots.” Recent figures reveal that 29.93% of all of the worlds’ wealth is located in the U.S.A. Europe has 25.2% and China 17.7%. At the other end of the scale comes India with just 3.5%, the whole of Latin America with 2.7%, and the whole of Africa with just 1.1%.
Ever since Jesus walked the Earth, Christians have had a great deal to say about this:
“When someone steals another’s clothes, we call them a thief. Should we not give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not? The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry; the coat unused in your closet belongs to the one who needs it; the unused shoes rotting in your closet belong to the one who has no shoes; the money which you hoard belongs to the poor.” (Saint Basil the Great: 330-379AD: Greek Bishop and theologian).
And the great John Wesley was even more outspoken on this issue:
“Do you not know that God entrusted you with that money (all above what buys necessities for your families) to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to help the stranger, the widow, the fatherless; and, indeed, as far as it will go, to relieve the wants of mankind? How can you, how dare you defraud the Lord by applying it to any other purpose?” (John Wesley: 1703-1791: leader of the English Methodist movement and prolific hymn writer).
Today’s human world is poles apart from these ideals. If it could only meet somewhere in the middle, our world would be transformed. And this isn’t just some scientific theory. It’s the raw truth. Which equates to brilliant science….
“And do not forget to do good and to share with others….” (Hebrews 13:16a)