Friday, August 20, 2010

Unity through Uniqueness

- Excerpted from Wisdom of Wolves by Twyman Towery, PhD.

There is not a more eerie, mournful, frightening or beautiful sound at night than the musical extravaganza of a howling wolf pack. Campers and hunters who have heard this chorus are filled with wonder, but are also usually immobilized by fear. Because of the melody of voices, it often sounds like they are surrounded by scores of wolves.

In truth, there are usually no more than 5-8 wolves howling in a pack. The secret is that the wolves are always careful not to duplicate each other. Each wolf assumes a unique pitch, respecting the distinctiveness of other members of the pack. While the notes may change, as in any beautiful song, one wolf will not copy the pitch of another.

Interestingly, this respect for the individual only emphasizes the true unity of the group. They are one, but they are individuals, each contributing to the organization in their own unique way. Every wolf has his own voice. Every wolf respects the voice of every other wolf.
While no one knows for sure why wolves sing, nature has blessed them with a talent they have perfected through the generations: They are happy, excited, playful, territorial and sorrowful; they may be simply reaffirming the spirit and unity of their pack.

After all, why do birds sing? Why do we?

An additional reason that wolves may howl is that it provides a time, a place and an event for all social barriers to be broken. Wolves have a strong social order, with each member understanding its role and place. But when wolves howl together, all barriers are dropped, as if to say, “We are one, but we are all unique, so don’t tread on us.”

The wolf symphony makes the pack appear a much more formidable foe than would be the case if they all sounded the same.

So, too, are human organizations and families more formidable when the awareness of each individual is celebrated rather than stifled.

19 comments:

  1. How interesting. It is amazing how God has given special and unique abilities to all of his creatures. Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  2. God wants us to be who we are, unique, special, and distinctive but work together in Unity and fellowship. Great post...Like your analogy.
    Joy & Blessings,
    Virginia

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  3. Great post. Really enjoyed the analogy.

    "Every wolf has his own voice. Every wolf respects the voice of every other wolf." If only we as children of God would learn from that one quote...

    Blessings,
    Linda J

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  4. What a great post! I love wildlife and like how you put this all together.

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  5. Wonderful post full of great information and truth. Very interesting and beneficial. (Thanks for the kind comments on my post. I appreciate you.)

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  6. This is a great analogy. I love learning new things. Yes, all unique but all working together. Great lesson here.

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  7. who knew??? this is great. I got to tell my kids about this. I loved learning this and knowing He gives all of us...even the animals a 'song.'

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  8. Beautiful post...so much to ponder. This was just what I needed to hear. Thank you for sharing, Patty

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  9. Really good post. A lot to think about as I learn to value my song, just as it is.

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  10. Oh, I enjoyed this! Have a great weekend, Myra.

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  11. Amen! We should celebrate the uniqueness of each other. We all have different gifts.

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  12. Apparently, we could certainly learn a thing or two from those wolves. Perhaps God intended it that way, hmm??? I know I've certainly learned a lot from butterflies & the strength they develop in breaking free of their cocoon is what is REQUIRED in order for them to even be able to fly. We can learn much from all of His creation if we'll just take the time to stop & learn what He is teaching. Thanks for sharing such an insightful post! ~ Merana

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  13. Such an interesting, thought provoking post!
    Your music in the background was the perfect touch to enhance its meaning even more.
    When we rv'd, I remember hearing the coyotes howl in the fields as we sat around our campfire on moonlit/starry nights. Ahhh, heaven on earth!

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  14. This is such a lovely post. We just watched NatGeo the other day about bears and wolves and how they interact with each other and nature throughout the seasons. Was quite interesting.

    To answer your question, I did cross-stitch the little sampler I posted today. I imagine 1857 must be the year that it was made -- maybe it is a just a small portion from a sampler at that time. My husband asked me the same question and when I tried to explain it to him, he just didn't get it. I thought about changing the date to 2010 but if it had such a date on there, I figured it must mean something so left it. :) Hope you are having a great weekend. Tammy

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  15. oh my goodness....I love this analogy...it speaks volumes for us in our individual families and in the family of God...Thanks for your insights here...beautiful...

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  16. I learned something new today. Who says Old Geezers can't learn new tricks?

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  17. This would be so beautiful to hear. I have not been blessed to hear this. This was such an interesting post, thank-you so much for sharing it today.
    God Bless,
    Ginger

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