Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Forgetting Our Place in the Food Chain

Article: Why Did Lion Kill Tourist in South Africa?


I think this article, specifically its title, speaks volumes about our relationship with nonhuman animals. With all the progress that the human race has made, separating themselves from nonhuman animals, largely defying the food chain, it is easy for us to forget where we really stand amongst it all. We often display a sort of childlike ignorance when a nonhuman animal harms a human in a situation that was assumed safe. We forget that when the shit hits the fan, a lion can definitely kick your ass, and that there is no reason for that to cease just because we have invented iphones and guns and stuff. These crazy big and strong beasts of nature are still predators and we still fall much closer to the category of their prey in many situations.

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