Waterfowl encountering water for the first time

video via a RT by @ben_hr

There is something in the ducks behaviour that is oddly familiar – something recognisably “human” in a way. The initial trepidation and refusal to encounter the new and the strange (in this case, water) which is in fact perfectly natural insofar as an affinity for water is biologically, or evolutionarily, expected (beneficial?) for ducks. The amount of cajoling and “forcing” them into the water that they have to endure reminds us of our own stubborn behaviour in comparable situations. For me, I distinctly recall a few of these moments: the first job search, the first painfully, awkwardly forced manifestation of desire for another person. There is something very human (or if you prefer ‘animal’, or ‘biological’) in the difficulty experienced by people/animals/things breaking these encrusted habits and expectations that fail to serve a purpose or no longer reflect the reality of their lived environment. There’s something very humbling about (re)discovering something innate about oneself, something that had either been forgotten, lost, unlearned, or suppressed. I think it’s important to take a position of care for these people/things, and to be resolutely on their side. It seems important for my own sense of humanity…