By: Aubaid Ahmad Akhoon
“In every conceivable manner, the family is linked to our past, bridge to our future.” – Alex Haley
With these words of wisdom, we embark on a journey exploring the significance of preserving family bonds in a digital age. The animal kingdom teaches us valuable lessons about unity, love, and emotional connections within families. Let us draw inspiration from these examples to create a compassionate society that cherishes and strengthens the power of family bonds. Together, we can foster harmony and love for generations to come.
In the vast expanse of the animal kingdom, we witness a breathtaking display of family bonds and support that transcends the boundaries of species. From the majestic elephants to the devoted mother scorpions, bees, monkeys, and other creatures, these animals exemplify the profound significance of strong familial connections. As we marvel at their unwavering unity and love, one cannot help but reflect on the growing disconnect among human beings in today’s world.
The noble Elephant: A tale of family unity and wisdom
At the heart of the animal kingdom, the elephant stands tall as a symbol of familial love, unity, and unwavering support.
In an elephant herd, the matriarch, usually the oldest female, assumes a leadership role. She guides and protects the family, passing down wisdom and knowledge to younger generations.
The bond between an elephant mother and her calf is heartwarming. Elephants have one of the longest gestation periods among mammals, as the mother invests immense time and effort in nurturing her offspring, providing essential life skills, and offering nourishment.
Elephants exhibit remarkable emotional intelligence, displaying empathy and understanding toward one another. When a member of the herd is in distress, others rush to offer comfort and support. Their ability to sense and respond to each other’s needs is a powerful reminder of the value of emotional connections within families.
The communal unity & emotional connections in animal communities
While elephants inspire with their sense of community, the mother scorpion presents a unique example of selflessness and guidance. Carrying her young on her back, the mother scorpion ensures their safety and protection, making sacrifices for their well-being. She imparts crucial survival skills and wisdom, equipping her offspring to navigate the challenges of their environment.
Bees, too, demonstrate exceptional family unity through their communal structure. The hive operates as a highly organized society where each member has a specific role and responsibility. This intricate collaboration within the bee family emphasizes the importance of working together towards a common goal while Monkeys also provide insight into the nurturing aspects of family bonds. Mothers are deeply devoted to their young ones, constantly caring for and protecting them. Beyond these examples, many animals, such as dolphins, wolves, and meerkats, exhibit remarkable emotional intelligence and empathy within their communities. Dolphins show strong bonds through communication and cooperation, while wolves rely on pack unity for survival. Meerkats display a strong sense of community and care for their members. These examples underscore the importance of emotional connections and support in family dynamics across the animal kingdom.
Role of media in preserving family bonds:
In the digital age, media networks and social media platforms wield immense power, shaping public perception and influencing society’s values. However, when sensationalizing family disputes for the sake of gaining views or ratings, they risk harming family bonds and disrupting communal harmony. To build a more compassionate society instead of uploading heart-wrenching videos that exploit family disputes, they should strive to promote empathy, reconciliation, and unity within families and by sharing positive and uplifting stories, we can foster a supportive digital environment that celebrates and strengthens strong family bonds.
Together, let us create a media landscape that cherishes the values of love, unity, and family, nurturing a brighter and more harmonious future for generations to come.
Together, let us advocate for a society where compassion and understanding prevail, fostering an environment that celebrates and strengthens the power of family bonds. As we strive to protect and preserve the natural world, let us also make a conscious effort to safeguard the values that define us as human beings – the values of love, unity, and strong family bonds. By adopting the language of love and brotherhood, we can bridge the gaps that divide us and create a more harmonious and compassionate society.
Let the wisdom of “Allama Iqbal’s” below mentioned couplet guide us in this journey of rediscovering and nurturing the essence of our humanity.
“Hawas Ne Kar Diya Tukre Tukre Nu-E-Insan Ko, Akhuwat Ka Byan Ho Ja, Mohabbat Ki Zuban Ho Ja” – Allama Iqbal
Translation: “Greed has split mankind into little pieces; Become the statement of brotherhood, become the language of love.”
As we conclude this journey through the wisdom of the animal kingdom and the importance of preserving family bonds in a digital age, let us take a moment to reflect on the profound message encapsulated in this couplet by Allama Iqbal. In a world filled with distractions and divisions, it is crucial to recognize the strength of unity and love in bringing us together. Let us prioritize the values of brotherhood and compassion, cherishing and nurturing our family bonds. Together, let us create a world where compassion and understanding prevail, leaving a lasting impact on future generations, preserving family bonds for a brighter future for all. (The author is a renowned columnist & motivational speaker and an Associate Editor of the Weekly Publication ‘Education Quill.’ He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)