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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Everybody is doing me.... The mysterious life of the electric eel

This post resonated with me, so I am sharing it. It was posted on a forum I belong to.

As I watched the National Geographic Channel on DSTV, I came to learn, for the first time, that the Fish called "The Electric Eel" is Electrophorus electricus.

The fish is commonly found in the Amazon and generally in fresh waters. In the narration of the documentary, Electric Eels are mostly blind, although they are not born blind.

I see them as such beautiful creatures and wondered how come they are blind? I then read about them and came to understand that these animals have three pairs of abdominal organs that produce electricity as a form of defensive mechanism against predators.

Whenever the animal is under attack, it activates an electric field of up to 860 Volts (that is nearly 4 times the 220V electricity supplied to our homes) to electrocute its attacker.

The Eel also requires rising to the surface of the water every 10 minutes in order to take in oxygen before going back under the water.

Due to this routine, the fish has developed a mindset that it is vulnerable to attack due to its constant coming up to breathe and hence
it is always on a 'suspicious' mode
– constantly electrocuting its environment,
even when it is not under attack.

The sad effect is that in the course of continuous electrocution of its environment, its eyes are also electrocuted and hence causes its blindness!

But then, as I watched this animal swimming around blindly and only using its sense of feeling and hearing , and unable to see, it goes into more suspicion and every movement it feels in the water makes it to release further electric shock worsening its plight. The fish thus goes into a cyclic paranoia and self infliction of pain causing it to be more blind irreversibly.

When stranded and in dire need of assistance, its nature of continuous release of electric shocks, prevents helpers from getting to it.

You see, such is the situation in some people's life. They suspect everybody and everything! They are always on a mindset of;

- 'someone is doing me'

- 'something evil is happening to me'

- 'someone is planning to harm me', etc.

By having this kind of mental picture or mindset, such people release shock waves that electrocutes whoever comes near them;

- Friends who mean well, are branded enemies

- Parents are considered evil

- Siblings are suspected of hatching evil plots

- Work colleagues are branded enemies, etc

When people go into such self-destructive mode, all they think about is themselves and not the feelings of others. The desire to protect oneself ends up in hurting others.