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Science and Technology|Butterfly vs. Human: Time Management

Butterflies vs. Humans: Time Management Have you ever wished to become a butterfly, even just for a few weeks? Of course, in order to become an adult butterfly, you’ll first have to go through the stages of caterpillar and pupa, and the life span of the adult butterfly is also much shorter compared to that of a human. But as humans, we’re always up to some businesses, we are either stuck in the road traffic, or among the crowds in the streets or buildings. We have invented all kinds of devices to keep time, watches, clocks, smartphones, smart watches, and all kinds of softwares and apps to make schedules and remind us of an event. Besides these, politicians are constantly debating on the scheduling of healthcare and tax reforms, and all the other things. As a common person, you have to update your own schedules now and then, just to keep pace with the society. For butterflies, time management is quite simple. Their adult life is very short, from a week to nearly one year depending on the species. Their tasks are simple, too. Born, migrate, and reproduce, butterflies don’t need watches or smartphones to know the time, they use sunlight and temperatures to regulate the expression of genes, and develop a biological clock in their bodies to regulate their activities. They even use the direction of sunlight with their biological clocks to navigate their migration. They don’t need to take any book in time management, or to sit in front of a computer to learn such courses. They just grow wings and fly in certain seasons naturally. One long-distance migration like the monarch butterflies’ can reach up to 4000 kilometers, taking several generations of butterflies before they reach the destination. They migrate to a warmer place in the winter to escape the freezing temperature, and go back to the original place when the weather is warm. Compared to humans, butterflies don’t need to drive cars or to line up to pass the borderline to go to another country, they also don’t need to take any identifications or credit cards, or to worry about whether they can find a job or not after several months of travelling in the wilderness. So as long as the nature still allows butterflies to thrive, we humans can only keep being amazed by their short and lovely lives. Just as Chuang Chou, the ancient Chinese philosopher once said, “Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man”, the lives of butterflies have amazed us for thousands of years, and they will surely continue to in the future. Reference: http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/372/1734/20160257.long https://www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-9822(18)30253-7