Today I wish to express an opinion that I feel very passionate about, prompted by a recent news article; that of the human arrogance and anthropomorphic viewpoint that all creatures should abide by human rules and laws.
This lesson also brings to my attention how it relates to many peoples attitude to their rights and self defense, and how it often gets them in to situations in which their lives are threatened and even taken
The harsh reality is that we are only sharing this universe, and in particular this little rock in one of its’ millions of galaxies, with many other magnificent creatures forged from millions of years of evolution.
The news article I was referring too, like many I have seen in the past, reported that a wild-life park attendant who looked after the tigers was killed and eaten by a tiger and the tiger was put to death. A beautiful animal, the product of thousands of years of evolution and member of a species that has been hunted to near extinction by humans, destroyed for behaving in a manner that its’ instincts dictate.
The human attendant had worked with these animals for years and must have known what he was dealing with. Having reared it from a cub he was very fond of it and must have forgotten that this was a wild animal, guided and motivated by instinct.
The human made a fatal error and paid the price but why then did the tiger have to die for just being a tiger. This was not the same as a domesticated animal like a dog, this was a wild creature that is widely accepted as not able to be domesticated.
The authorities and other fearful citizens supportive of the killing with there anthropomorphic views reinforced by religion that we are something special with dominion over all other creatures have driven to extinction so many beautiful products of evolution .
We as humans are supposed to be the creature with the large brain, surely we must understand that we have only risen to our position because we can manipulate our environment. Very few other creatures can, and if they do, it is of a limited nature.
They certainly do not know our laws and cannot consider us as anything special, if we are in their environment and territory they will act accordingly and we must behave as per their rules that are governed by their instincts, over which they have no control.
The same hysteria and killing frenzy is also seen when a shark kills a swimmer or surfer, all sharks in the area are hunted down and killed. We as humans with our ability to modify our behavior have no rational reason to kill these creatures as we are the ones putting ourselves in danger by entering their territory, a territory that we are poorly prepared for. In addition, if we do wish to play in their territory we must be aware of the dangers and exercise awareness.