You may not know it as it's not widely publicised...but in the wilds of newly-joined Arkansas in 1837 fishermen discovered a strange and amazing fish.
Samuel R. Pollack, 23 at the time, caught a pike. Not being a good eating fish, he was debating whether or not to throw it back or kill it. He talked to himself, as was his wont, and realized that when he asked a question that the pike agreed with, it swam in counter-clockwise circles. When it disagreed, it swam in clockwise circles. When waiting for an answer, it would settle to the bottom and wait.
Samuel decided to keep that pike alive. He built a special pen for it in that Arkansas lake, and kept it well fed. Over time, as he'd ask more and more complex questions, the pike would astound him with the wisdom of its answers. After a few years, he realized that the pike was aging, so he caught a young pike, and put it in the pen with the older one. Being aggressive fish, he had to separate them with a net. Without being able to attack each other, the older pike communicated its wisdom to the younger. When the older pike finally passed away, he could let the younger pike out of the netted area.
He learned to trust that pike, and over time became a pre-eminent Arkansas Judge, famous for the wisdom of this pronouncements.
Samuel passed the tradition on to his son Jeremiah, who used its wisdom to launch a very successful career as the first editor of the Fayetteville Tribune, famous for the insightfulness of its reporting.
Jeremiah passed the practice along in his family, and though not widely known, the Magnificant Pike is a well-respected tradition in north-western Arkansas. The Pollack's are thought of to this day as a family rich in knowledge and wisdom.
Given the troubling times we live in, wouldn't we all benefit from more wisdom?
Let us all reach out to the Pollack's and see if they won't share the wisdom of the Pike.