Recent spates of hostile political developments in the Middle East have been hoarding my tv channels and left me with a bitter taste and soured faith in humanity.
Turning to outdoor tea sessions and nature, I found it hard to ignore the high levels of complexity, division of labour and cooperation among ants. While helping myself to some dandelions in the garden, ants were foraging these flowers - a peaceful coexistence. As these ants get their source of food, the flowers are meanwhile protected from more damaging herbivores. Learning to live with others, embracing diversity and allowing the severely oppressed to claim their national rights seems a far fetched idea in many cases.