Who are our sisters and brothers? To whom are we related? Do we believe other creatures are bereft of concern for their compatriots? Do we think only large-brained humans can enjoy beauty, can understand how to solicit help, can grieve, can display thankfulness; in short, can demonstrate many of our presumed higher human attributes? More and more we are beginning to understand that many creatures with whom we share this earth also share many of our most cherished attributes. And why not? They share many of our genes.
Dick Smythe is an entomologist retired from the research division of the US Forest Service. Throughout his life he has maintained two dominant interests: first, his fascination with the natural world – our non-human environment and endless source of wonder; second, his abiding interest in religion/theology – a subject of continuing education and challenge.