A Nature of Caretaking
by Abigail Kingston
In an ecosystem, almost every organism depends on every other in some way for survival. However, the concept of symbiosis is taught to us in school like it’s a specific, situational partnerships where two organisms turn from the usual path of competing for resources or trying to eat each other and offer each other some kind of benefit, as with clown fish and sea anemones. Otherwise, ecosystems are made of organisms all looking out for their own interests, and sometimes “taking advantage of” or “utilizing” opportunities created by other organisms.