mu·tu·al·ism n. An association between organisms of two different species in which each member benefits.
Fig wasps play an essential role in the fig's life cycle as the plant's only pollinator. For fig plants to reproduce, fig wasps must carry their pollen from plant to plant. However, the wasps do so, not out of kindness, but because they burrow in the fruit for food and shelter, destroying the object they are helping to create. Both plant and wasp depend on the arrangement to survive, and without one, neither would survive.
(Adapted from Robert Lamb)
Mutualism addresses the necessity of hardship we encounter in our lives. It is both the catalyst for change and destruction; we can neither move forward or grow without moments of great adversity. Although these instances may rip us apart, they are essential for growth beyond the present and instill us with wisdom for what lies ahead. We depend on that which destroys us.
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