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Man wiping out the lion in the wild in Africa — 4 Comments

  1. I well remember and greatly miss a professor I had years ago – a gentlemanly man who possessed the most cultivated intellect of anyone I’ve ever known – known in person, that is. He was an Irishman raised in England, he looked like (can’t think of his name) the author of Angela’s Ashes (underlined), earned his degrees at Oxford, and was the embodiment of every refinement. Yet for all his courtesy and kindness, here’s something he said to once, and I never forgot it: ‘It is impossible to like most people.’

    Most everything you write is imbued with what comes across as an aversion for the human race. And of course it would pose a challenge to argue the dislike is undeserved. You often write of mankind’s ‘bizarre’ conduct, its ‘lack of interest,’ its ‘madness,’ and what you would ‘do’ to certain individuals if you ‘got them alone’ — or words to that effect.

    You’ve also written in past, I believe, that you’ve never loved anyone, with the exception of a young woman you knew decades ago. You’ve furthermore written that you wept more over the death of your cats than you did when your mother died.

    The other day I wrote to Ruthie that my mother’s death opened a door in my life to heaven-sent tranquility. That I’ve grieved for a year over the death of my boy (and little girl), but shed no more than a half dozen tears when my mother died. A contrast to the anguish she and her sister suffered when they lost their own mother.

    Yet I’m not sure that I view the human race as ‘impossible to like,’ ‘mad’ and ‘bizarre.’ I’m a conservationist, and hatred saps energy.

    Conversely, I can admire any number of people without the slightest urge to cultivate their friendship. An odd thing to say, perhaps, but at present I know all the people I want to know on a personal level, and weary at the prospect of knowing any more.

    Actually, I felt an affinity for Jo, and have nothing but admiration for Kevin & Leanne, two of my favorites. While I also admire the people on PoC who care for colonies of cats, after over five years I still remain chronically mystified to read how they cannot resist the urge to keep on adopting more cats. When they look at a cat, they see only its need and endearing little ways. When I look at a cat, saddled as I am with a prosaic mindset, I see the thousands of dollars that cat will cost over its lifetime in food and medical bills. Deeply and seriously wrong of me? I realize it is. But far as I can figure, my arithmetic is accurate, and I can only wonder at the prosperity of your regulars and visitors.

    But as to disliking the human race as a matter of principle, I’ve donated money to people who suffer – usually the ones in war-torn zones. One of my greatest heroes was Mother Teresa, who was – if you read her correspondence – a lifelong agnostic. As to deploring, however, what mankind has done to the planet, some of their enormities appear to be unavoidable. Canned hunts, trophy hunting, ‘milking’ bears for their bile, driving rhinos, tigers and elephants to extinction for their ivory and pseudo-medicinal ‘parts’ is worse than bad. Yet it’s equally true that some poachers are starving. Some farmers don’t know how to keep the wildlife away from their crops. Some people are mired in ignorance – genetic, or resulting from tragic circumstances. And millions of people multiply like hamsters, though some cultures are practicing birth control. China, they say, in another few years is going to have more oldsters than youngsters.

    Are there any answers?

    Headed out door. Inchoate ramblings, written in haste.

    • It is impossible to like most people.

      You are correct I do have an aversion for the human race but not individual people. I am mystified by how stupidly the human race as a whole behaves. It is chaotic. A complete lack of world coordination.

      In the case of the lion I hope you’ll forgive me for this human race aversion because as a species the human can behave terribly stupidly. I see too much stupidity and a lack an ability to do the right thing. The gradual extinction of the lion and tiger reflects a complete failure of humankind in relation to nature. David Attenborough described humankind as a disease! Even I haven’t written that but I agree.

      I have the ability to love individual humans but my aversion is towards the species of which I am member. If there was respect for all animals I would have a different opinion about humankind. My problem comes from the mass cruelty and abuse of animals. It is this primarily which colours my feelings towards humankind.

      I have an empathy towards animals that a lot of other people don’t have and I wish I didn’t have it because it makes life more difficult.

  2. So, the poor cats have nowhere to go because their habitat is being destroyed. And, when they intrude upon civilization, they’re shot.

    What other alternative exists but to ship them elsewhere? It may not be perfection, but it’s better than the fate they face where they are. I hate that it happens, but it has to be. At least some places are willing to take them. How many countries are willing to do that? Not many, I’m sure.

    And, the rhinos, for god’s sake! Supply the Chinese men with Viagra.

    • It is crazy. There is no where for them anymore. The lion needs large areas of open plain. It is all so tragic. In terms of conservation Africa is a disaster as is India in respect of the Bengal tiger and other wild cat species. The only way things can change is if we change and there is not a hint of that unsurprisingly.

      Note: the UK (Great Britain) destroyed all large wildlife centuries ago. We are ahead of the game so I’m not preaching.

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