The movie is about a rat, Remy, that can cook. Remy is tired of being the typical rat always stealing garbage. He wants to make things instead and be a cook. Remy’s father is content with the way things are. In order to do what he loves, the rat needs a human to help him. Linguine, a human, finds out that Remy can cook. They come up with a plan to help each other.
At one point in the movie, Remy’s father takes him to an exterminator shop to show Remy dead rats. Remy’s father tells him that this is what happens when rats get too close to humans. Remy’s father tells him that we live in the enemy’s world and we look out for our own kind. Remy’s father states that, “this is the way things are and we can’t change nature.” Remy refuses to believe that. Remy states that, “change is nature”. He realizes in that moment that the future doesn’t have to be the present. He can make a different future and he does. At the end of the movie, Remy is cooking at a restaurant and Linguine is a waiter at that restaurant.
This has happened in real life too.
A pod of killer whales in Australia used to help whalers to catch baleen whales. Every fall this pod would come to Eden, Australia. The Thaua people of the Yuin nation had developed a relationship with the killer whales. The killer whales would herd the whales into the bay. One of the killer whales would alert the humans by either breaching or tail slapping until the humans showed up. The killer whales would then lead them to the baleen whale. After the whale was caught and killed, the humans would let the killer whales eat the lips and the tongue. The humans would get the rest of the baleen whale. They even put a law into placed called the Law of the Tongue. The whalers had to let the killer whales eat the tongue and the lips. The killer whales would protect the humans from sharks and help them from drowning when the boats were destroyed. If a killer whale became trapped in the nets the humans would help the killer whale out of the nets.
If humans had only looked out for themselves then this relationship would not have worked or vice versa. There are a lot more stories of killer whales helping humans to fish and the humans giving some fish to the killer whales for helping them.
So I posed a question to myself.
Why do some humans like to only be around people that look and think like them? If humans and animals can learn to work together, then why can’t all humans learn to work together?
I thought about that question for a while. I guess some people like to be around people that think like them and look like them because it makes them comfortable. Those people won’t challenge their views on the world. It helps keep them in their comfort zone. I used to be like that. I liked having all my friends look like me. It was comfortable to me. Now I’m happy that all my friends don’t look and think like me.
When I became a nurse, I had to work with a lot of different people. I had to take care of patients that didn’t always look like me or think like me. I’ve heard a lot of different view points.
The most important thing that I learned was just to listen to different view points.
I don’t have to agree with them but I can at least listen and have a discussion without getting into a heated argument. That is just one of the reasons that I love being a nurse. I get to talk to all types of people and learn new things from all of them.