In his latest book, The 12 wisdoms of animals, the journalist Yolaine de la Bigne gives us the quintessence of an unusual knowledge, that of animal wisdom. A knowledge that she has accumulated in recent years by interviewing many animal specialists for her website "L'animal et l'homme", multiplying short and accessible videos of biologists, naturalists, photographers and authors who marvel at the discoveries that we constantly do on the living. And his book, simply written, scientifically advanced and very educational, is a directory of life lessons. As an animal enthusiast, Yolaine shows us that when it comes to wisdom, we have everything to learn from animals.
One of the most accessible masters is the cat, this clever one who has accompanied humans everywhere on Earth while knowing how to remain autonomous. He knows how to live in a group (there are bands of cats that live without hierarchy), while thriving in solitude if necessary. That is to say if he can give us lessons on the good management of opposites: how to be independent and sociable, dynamic and calm. This is probably why there are “Cat yoga” classes, and why the Canadian writer Eckhart Tolle said: “I lived with several Zen masters, they were all cats. »
Yolaine insists on the fundamental lesson she draws from her immersions in the animal world: tolerance. In nature, each individual is intelligent in its own way, adapted to its existence, from the cat to the earthworm. What the animals shout at us, when we would like everything to look the same and fit into boxes, is that wealth is in the difference.
Sadly, many of these animals, especially the ones we raise, are unlucky enough to be good to eat! The author hopes that humans will become more and more vegetarians, which would be one of the most effective gestures to save the planet, because the meat industry is one of the most destructive. No longer eating others is, according to her, a sign of evolution.