if you could communicate w/any lifeform, what would you want to know, and from whom?
a fin's length of glass separates us from another world
a flick of our tails brings us closer together
you taught us colors and voice signals, and you gave us free health care
we don't know what we can teach you
but we can show you that it is possible to coexist...
...as long as you feed us first. fun fact- whale sharks are filter feeders and they will not eat the other fish :)
thoughts others have shared:
+Serge Ivanov So it took me a while to gather my jaw from the floor after being blown away by the deep blue and million aquatic lifeforms...
As for your question...
Each life form seems to have its physical and biological limits, and what I really would want to know is if we are the only ones that dream of breaking them.
Birds enjoy incredible freedom of movement, but even so are ultimately trapped on this planet.
I would probably ask a bird if it was aware of this, and if so, how it felt about it. I would want to know if the bird was aware of something beyond our atmosphere, or if it even cared at all. Somehow I suspect it would be far more interested in finding some food than philosophizing such things.
+Fabio Bucchieri I'd love to be able to communicate with trees and plants in general. I have this theory about all plants on earth being able to form a sort of network through their roots that could act like an interface via which they can share all kinds of information....if I was able to interact with them I would also want to feel the pain that they share when another tree (or a group of them) is destroyed.......I must now go and take my daily dose of antipsychotics... :)
I love this post +shirley lo and the image is breathtaking!!
+anne-marie Janssen fabulous shot and good question! In general I like to observe the animals, but every time the geese fly over I wonder where they heading. I sometimes say it out loud. Their response is: "gak gak". ;-)
+Tim Behrens Such a beautiful photograph, and such a great question to go with it.
I think, in so many ways, that other lifeforms are communicating with us all the time. We just expect that, for something to resonate, it must be with words. Any question I could ask would be contrary to the power of simplicity, the all pervasive now, the instinctual drive to exist, and the ease with which most creatures do it.
If they could communicate with us, I think they would ask why we worry so much about the things we have no control over and stand by in ignorance of all the things we do, why we take so much more than we need while surrounded by others who need it more, and why is it that a species that spends so much of it's time pondering the future while forsaking the present is so blind to the what our disconnect from the world, and inability to live in harmony, will eventually bring.
Yet, in this picture, I see hope, peace, awakening... if we could just hang on to it when it wasn't right before us.
+James Merritt this is fantastic.
I have no questions for other species but I have tons for my own
+Wes Lum +shirley lo first I would have to master this communicating with humans thing, but second on the priority list would be communicating with dogs! :)
I wish we didn't have to worry about feelings and people could communicate honestly without that fear. I wish people could not get hurt by honesty.
As far as what I would want to know from my dog? What he's thinking when he's looking at me waiting for something...then again, maybe it's better that I can't communicate so easily :)
+Mailis Laos so beautiful
I would like to ask dolphins if any human have ever guessed right what they were saying.
honestly, +shirley lo, most of my questions stem from the fact that we wrap ourselves up in the cotton of our first person perspective. I wonder how much is learned habit, how much innate and how much can be short circuited.
I don't believe in the separation (gender, race, etc) most people tend to look on as fact and I find it disheartening when people divide themselves up in camps because they completely reduce their experiences. I'd like to see ego geography erode more.
+Dhopy Nepp I especially want to communicate with plants, mainly trees.
I think they should have many things to teach ...
+pam kelso Sit quietly with them, blank your mind and a connection will form. In emergencies, although it sounds stupid, I've asked for my guardian angels to connect with theirs to help find out their needs in that moment. It always worked, but again, it does sound stupid and it's probably best not to do it out loud.
+Melody Migas Beautiful photo and post.
Probably a dolphin from the gulf. I'd ask how they and their neighbors are really doing after the BP oil spill.
+Hans Huether Trees. They live longer then us naturally but not when it comes to industrially. They watch the same place all the time so they know the changes of that area more then anyone. They can tell us if over the years their photosynthesis process has changed with an increase in O2/CO2. :) Wow I sound like a Tree Huger...lol
+boo Jay I just wanna know why my dogs sniff each other's butts. I can think of much more hygienic ways to say hello.
+Meg Rousher Wonderful Image
I thought I'd like to ask an old living creature where it's been. Then I found out it's a tortuous and thought they move so slow I've probably been more places than it has. Then I thought maybe ask the oldest tree what it's seen & thought it's probably in the woods somewhere and hasn't seen much. Then I thought ask a creature from another planet what it's like out there in the universe and thought they don't talk to us just experiment on us & don't want any part of that. So I guess I'd want to talk with God and ask where he came from and how many universes there are.
Another great question Shirley. Thanks for keeping our minds going :)
+PJ Ammidon You inspire such great communication with your posts! Amazing photos & thought provoking words. I just can't keep from giggling with this one though, because ... I'm thinking... do teenagers count as another lifeform? ;) Otherwise, I'd like to know what it feels like to glide through the air like a hawk.
+Stephen Zacharias Well I think +Wes Lum made a good point. I think many of us humans aren't even that great when it comes to communicating well with each other.
As for another life form that's really hard to say! I think we could so learn so much from a variety of them. I think perhaps I would have to say the majestic American Bald Eagle.
+Amine Yorke so magic vision and really emotive ! i wish i could comunicate with trees so I could earn more time by sharing some of my time with them ;) cheers, your photos are really beautiful ! +shirley lo
+Kyla Glaser ESQ. I think I would want to talk with humming birds and find out what each flower tastes like and which one tastes the best.
+Scott Mc This photo caught my attention right away. The scale, the silhouettes, the fish each keeping to their own schools, the dress, and the variety of species. It looks less like a couple at an aquarium and more like they are looking through a glass wall of the ocean. I’m not a photographer, just someone that was drawn in by this photo. Mesmerizing, thanks for the perspective.
+Victoria Gonzalez i'd like to talk to a blue whale. i imagine they're wise fellows.
+Lupe M. Luevano This is very awesome capture...Like the ocean was sliced open...It shows how small the human race is...... My communication is to human species.... Why can't you extend a little kindness to the people you come in contact with no matter in what type of contact...not necessarily charity... for that is easy to do... why not be open to your fellow human and not cocoon yourself in what you feel is your safe world... That little kindness could make a tremendous difference to the person you extend it to...And you would be surprised how it makes you feel good... Thank you +shirley lo for bringing this wonderful work..... : )
+Darryl Van Gaal Great question.
I'll give the (what I think to be) most obvious answer. As a dog lover, I'd love to know exactly what they are thinking at any given time. We think (or at least I do) that I'm giving him what he needs, but you never know. As humans we assume a lot of things... and you know what happens when you assume!
+Mark Esguerra Hmm, I think if I had to pick an animal to communicate with I'd pick a bird. Maybe a hawk or eagle. I'd love to hear their thoughts on how beautiful the view is from up there. ;-)
+Lavina Street the earth. and we would sit together and cry...
+Luke Storer I'd have to go with Trees as well, or buildings but they aren't strictly a lifeform they'd still have some pretty amazing stories to tell...
+Keith Dixon Aliens: and I would ask where the hell have you been, we need your help!!
+Chris Hoffmann Such a calm and peaceful scene! I'd love to speak with a turtle (leatherback, tortoise, or any other). They've been around for so long and seen many things, and still they manage to move slowly and thoughtfully in all that they do. I wish I was a little better at that! :)
+Michelle Torio Wow! Truly eye-catching photo...I love the blue and I'm in love with that gorgeous fish tank! :)
Well, I'd like to talk with the bees, if I can, and find out what's buzzing around and know what it feels like to be 'busy as a bee'!
+Philipp Weimer I would simply love to see the world the way they do.
Feeling the wind under my wings... the colors of the sea, smelling the deer a mile away, or to see in darkness without using eyes.
We would treat them better then, I think.
OH and - once again, a marvelous picture you give us here :)
+Jerry Johnson Couldn't think of a better way of concluding my G+ day, then with a wonderful post and amazing photo from the talented and kind +shirley lo!