… it’s 2019 already! Happy new year to you all!
So, what news from my tiny courtyard garden?
Well, what about this tiny creature busily preparing dinner on the underleaf of my Medinilla? Had I known at the time this is one of Australia’s largest jumping spiders, perhaps I wouldn’t have been so keen to get a close-up. And yet she was so pretty, and quite tiny despite being described as ‘large’.
Appearances can be deceptive.
This spider, while not toxic to humans, can deliver a painful bite.
Green Jumping spiders are described as large, beautiful, and fast. Aggressive predators, they can be found hunting day or night preying on insects and other spiders. Their lime green livery provides these little creatures with effective camouflage, making them difficult to see against green foliage (ref.)
Which brings me to my point. As I said, appearances can be deceptive.
I don’t mean just physical appearances either, although they too, can deceive just as readily as this little spider. I’m thinking more of the way we can mis-perceive something based on how it appears. Take for example, what others may be thinking of us. When we make faulty assumptions based on the way something appears, it can have toxic consequences as surely as a bite from this pretty spider.
If I take on other people’s perceptions of me, correct or otherwise, then am I being true to myself? Or am I moulding myself according to the expectations of others? Some social theories suggest we rely on feedback from others [society] to determine how we should act, how we should be, who we are.
But I think first and fundamentally we behave according to our personal values (albeit informed by society), which are a conscious choice for us all to make.