Turns out, we elders may be necessary after all, at least in the animal world.
In J.B. MacKinnon’s essay, “Wisdom in the Wild: A Case for Elderly Animals,” he explores this idea, with most of the emphasis on elephants, especially old elephants with—you guessed it—long memories.
The particular incident he describes—when older matriarchs saved their elephant clans from certain death by drought—is detailed in an article in Scientific American (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/elephants-never-forget/)
It’s really interesting—and convincing.
And so toward the end of MacKinnon’s essay, he states: “Elephants are one of the few species in which the importance of older animals is coming to be acknowledged.”
We can only hope that humans will be next.
Read the full essay at: