Cows are large, simple creatures that don’t do much other than grazing and standing around. I’ve been around cattle my entire life and never thought much about these animals. But when stopping to think about it, there’s actually a couple of things that people could learn from simple, grazing cattle:
1 – When cattle are hungry they come in masses (just like people).
Cows are hungry for grass mostly, or cattle feed, but people are hungry for life. Something about being unhappy leads unhappy people to crave others’ life force. People love to suck the life out of and feed off of the goodness of others.
So if you experience some success, be prepared to face the herds. Because most aren’t persistent enough to find their own happiness; they sulk and suck from others. Most aren’t brave enough to seek out their own life.
Make your own life, make your own happiness, and don’t let anyone take it from you.
2 – It’s natural to follow the herd.
When one cow gets spooked and takes off running, usually the rest of the herd will take off running in the same direction. The other cows have no clue why they’re running, they just do what everyone else in the herd is doing.
As people we might not actually take off running when others run, but it is typically natural for us to follow what everyone else is doing. We’re more individualistic in modern times, but at our core we are social creatures. We like to belong. So it’s only human to desire to be like others.
However, we do have the power to branch out. And thankfully the world is so diverse and connected over long distances nowadays that being different locally, might not mean being totally outcasted. We’re all unique and don’t have to follow the herd if we don’t want to. It’s okay to feel the pull and desire to follow, and it’s okay to rationally think about if you actually want to go in the same direction or not.
Thanks for reading this post. We can learn from even the simplest of creatures if only we have the courage to observe. (Don’t get me wrong, cows aren’t the brightest but I love cows. I don’t eat meat, either.)
The hungry will try to eat your happiness and you don’t have to follow the herd.
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