A cheer went up yesterday in the BBC news room when the report came in that the baby Minke whale trapped in a Scottish harbour for three days was free. Hundreds of people standing on the harbour also cheered when the whale, cajolled by noise created by a flotilla of boats pushing it toward the narrow mouth of the harbour, shot free to join its presumably anxious mother who had been hovering in the sea outside the harbour for several days.
The delight so many people felt when the young whale escaped was completely altruistic. Perhaps there is hope for the human race after all.
Perhaps all the theories from Freud to sociobiology and everything in between are wrong, and there is something in us beside a greedy drive for self-enhancement and that of our own genetic progeny.