According to Webster: “in·stinct,” An inborn pattern of behavior that is characteristic of a species and is often a response to specific environmental stimuli.
To reiterate, motivation within the animal kingdom is driven by either, want, need or fear, regardless of circumstances.
Of all the animals on the planet the one most symbiotic with man, and/or, Homo sapiens, is the Gray Wolf.
The gray wolf (Canis lupus), also known as the timber wolf, true wolf or western wolf is a canid native to the wilderness and remote areas of North America, Eurasia, and North Africa.
It is the largest member of its family, with males averaging 43–45 kg (95–99 lb), and females 36–38.5 kg (79–85 lb).
Like the red wolf, it is distinguished from other Canis species by its larger size and less pointed features, particularly on the ears and muzzle.
Its winter fur is long and bushy, and predominantly a mottled gray in color, although nearly pure white, red, or brown to black also occur.
The gray wolf is the most specialised member of the genus Canis, as demonstrated by its morphological adaptations to hunting large prey, its more gregarious nature, and its highly advanced expressive behavior.
It is nonetheless closely related enough to smaller Canis species, such as the eastern wolf, coyote and golden jackal to produce fertile hybrids.
It is the only species of Canis to have a range encompassing both the Old and New Worlds, and originated in Eurasia during the Pleistocene, colonizing North America on at least three separate occasions during the Rancholabrean.
It is a social animal, travelling in nuclear families consisting of a mated pair, accompanied by the pair’s adult offspring.
The gray wolf is typically an apex predator throughout its range, with only humans and tigers posing a serious threat to it.
It feeds primarily on large ungulates, though it also eats smaller animals, livestock, carrion, and garbage.
The gray wolf is one of the world’s most well known and well researched animals, with probably more books written about it than any other wildlife species.
It has a long history of association with humans, having been despised and hunted in most agricultural communities due to its attacks on livestock, while conversely being respected by some Native American tribes.
It is the sole ancestor of the (domestic) dog, which genetic and paleontological records indicate was first domesticated in Europe 18,800-32,100 years ago by hunter-gatherers.
Although the fear of wolves is pervasive in many human societies, the majority of recorded attacks on people have been attributed to animals suffering from rabies. Non-rabid wolves have attacked and killed people, mainly children, but this is unusual, as wolves are relatively few, live away from people, and have been taught to fear humans by hunters and shepherds.
The gray wolf was once one of the world’s most widely distributed mammals, living throughout the northern hemisphere north of 15°N latitude in North America and 12°N in India.
However, deliberate human persecution has reduced the species’ range to about one third, due to livestock predation and fear over attacks on humans.
The species is now extinct in much of Western Europe, in Mexico and much of the USA. In modern times, the gray wolf occurs mostly in wilderness and remote areas, particularly in Canada, Alaska and northern USA, Europe, and Asia from about 75°N to 12°N.
Wolf population declines have been arrested since the 1970s, and have fostered recolonization and reintroduction in parts of its former range, due to legal protection, changes in land-use and rural human population shifts to cities.
Competition with humans for livestock and game species, concerns over the danger posed by wolves to people, and habitat fragmentation pose a continued threat to the species. Despite these threats, because of the gray wolf’s relatively widespread range and stable population, it is classified as Least Concern by the IUCN. (Source, Wikipedia).
As a lifelong hunter and outdoorsman I have a fondness and regard for pretty much all of God’s creatures who endure life without a Walmart. From the mites that feed from the roots of my lawn to the massive blue whales that navigate our seas.
Question: So why am I so hard on Homo sapiens, and/or, people?
The obvious would be to “cop out” to people’s dependence on Walmart, which of course would be fun, albeit inaccurate.
As people are extremely complicated due to their awareness of self mixed with their proclivity to deny themselves.
Question: What the hell do you mean by that?
Like the gray wolf, Homo sapiens, and/or, “man” is a social animal and like all social animals, man is quick to nap.
Ever play a team sport when you were a kid? Sure you did, and if you didn’t, “your” result would actually be the same.
Two kids, (chosen by themselves), stepped forward and began choosing members for their teams.
Ring a bell?
Homo sapiens, and/or, people without a purpose are passive and/or, lazy.
According to Webster: “la·zy,” Resistant to work or exertion; disposed to idleness.
Tom Sawyer is not the exception – he is the rule.
Whether an individual’s focus is on hunger..
Those that get out front with everything they’ve got, and more often than not everything everyone else has as well, they are the exceptions.
Politicians by anyone’s definition or characterization are the (exception) to civilized society – they always have been and they always will be, because their “character” is dictated by nature.
According to Webster: “civ·i·lized,” Displaying a developed moral and intellectual advancement; humane and ethical.
Nevertheless, even with the obstacles placed before decent folks within a social structure – man still has God given free will – all he has to do is exercise it in a responsible manner.
According to Webster:re·spon·si·ble (in context) One who is accountable for his actions; reliable.
The bottom line, we, “We the People” don’t need smarter people in our lives, or in our government, nor do we need tougher people, ..we simply need responsible people.
There is without a doubt distain, not only between the ethnic groups that live in America, but between ethnic groups that reside in every nook and cranny on our planet…
According to Webster: “dis·dain,” (in context) To regard or treat with haughty contempt; …
Question: How many of you understand the definition of the word; “haughty” without reaching for your dictionary?
If Merriam-Webster used pictures instead of words to define the English language, the image below would be their “first choice” to describe the word (haughty).
According to Webster: “haugh·ty,” Arrogantly superior and disdainful; Scornful and condescending.
After a week of intense research and a lifetime of inclusion, it is my (fervent belief) that the “simple answer” to the question of racism, combined with the involved answer, can be related in a single word…
Can racism be defeated in America, … Yes !
Will racism ever be defeated in America, … No !
Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow