I told him that personally I thought that all God’s creatures had a place on this good earth. The mole man didn’t disagree. Before I could take a breath, he dove into all the many and wondrous ways that moles could help out the wildlife populations such as eagles and hawks, fox, coyote, etc. Mole tunnels underground became superhighways for all kinds of rodents at any season, allowing them to repopulate at explosive rates. This in turn kept our bigger animal populations healthy.
I shook my head numbly.
I was clearly in over my head. The man was a walking biology 101 book on the traits and habits of rodents and their predators. Since I had shown a small shred of interest, he was happy to share about his odd vocation. I must admit, I was morbidly fascinated because of my love of nature, but this was overkill. Obviously not many people asked him about his work.
The thing that did come to me, in connection with bees, is how one attains a mastery of a creature, a plant, an element of earth, over time. Clearly the mole man had learned to thinklikeamole, though for a slightly different purpose than why I try to thinklikeabee. He had clearly wed his instinct to the animals he trapped. It even occurred to me that in his pursuit of them, he had come to some sort of reverence or honoring of the whole eco-system. From that 1/2 hour of rapid fire stories, I gathered that he did everything in his power to support the web of life by recycling the moles and rodents that he collected on his missions of death. He knew his birds of prey and four legged critters—that they needed the “pests” that he sought to eliminate in order to live. So he worked in service of them as best he could, while making a living at such odd times as the wee daylight hours.
E.O. Wilson, was an American scientist,(b. 1929) who completed an exhaustive taxonomic analysis of the ant genus Lasius in 1955. You might say he loves everything ant. In a TED talk, he shares movingly about the way all creatures great and small are interdependent. http://www.ted.com/speakers/e_o_wilson
He teaches us how to admire, honor and preserve all God’s creatures.
I finally mumbled something about needing to get to class, saying “You should be teaching Biology at the local college”, to which he apologized and thanked me profusely. “Young lady, so sorry to hold you up, nice talking with you.” And as abruptly as our conversation began, it ended. He, fell to his knees and kept digging. I began to walk briskly, thinking about those blind, soft creatures of the earth, who lived such humble, short lives in the dark. I said a prayer for them…and for him.