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Bature is a huge part of the African way of living

Nature is a huge part of the African way of living. Being African is taught in various ways through interaction with nature.  

How often do you interact with animals in your daily life? Not just home animals and pets like your dogs or cats, but also other animals? Chances are, not very often. While surely, we’d all like to spend out days surrounded by animals, this is hardly the reality for most people. 

As a society, humans have separated ourselves from nature, specifically from the animal world in this case, building houses and fences to keep wildlife away. We’ve developed a culture that predominantly views humans as “superior” to animals and we associate their wild qualities and instincts with being “uncivilized.”

Of course, not everyone hold these beliefs, but it is the prevailing ideology of our world. KwaNtu we know that there is much more to the many varied and incredible species on this planet. There are many lessons that we stand to learn from all creatures, especially considering how far we’ve separated ourselves from them.

Animals have inherent worth and value, just like humans that merits our respect and acknowledgement. Animals can teach us a lot about being better and strive to achieve more . They relate to our day to day life and give us encouragement, urge, strength to keep on moving. Different animals teach us different lessons but in this I will major on a hen. Chickens are special!  First, here are quick facts about chicken:

-Chickens have full-colour vision, just like we do.

-Chickens have better vision than human

-Chickens can distinguish between more than 100 faces of their own species

-Humans have three different cone types in their eyes which let us see red, green and blue. Chickens, however, have an additional two cone types which allow them to distinguish violet and ultraviolet light. This is why they crow early in the morning – they can see the sunrise an hour before humans can.

chickens are the most commonly used animals in teaching children responsibility. Our grannies would ask of us to feed them and collect eggs, chase them prior to slaughtering, as well as clean the chicken coop.

Here are great lessons one can learn from a hen:

1.Good planning: She first lays enough eggs before sitting on them.

2. Discipline: When she starts sitting on her eggs, she minimizes movements.

3. Sacrifice and self-denial: She physically loses weight while sitting on her eggs due to decreased feeding.

4. In-discrimination and generosity: She can’t sit on eggs from another hen.

5. Faith, hope, and courage: She sits on her eggs for 21 days, patiently waiting even if they do not hatch, she will lay eggs again.

6. Sensitive and discerning: She detects unfertilized eggs and roll them out.

7. Wisdom, consciousness, and realistic: She abandons the rotten eggs and starts caring for the hatched chicks even if it’s only one.

8. Protective love: No one touches her chicks.

9. Unity of purpose: She gathers all her chicks together.

10. Mentorship: She can’t abandon her chicks before they mature. 

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