WTF Friday

Remember when I was disturbed about the deviant behavior of arctic seals a couple weeks ago? Well now I know where those seals learned it from. In fact my further research has discovered that lots of animals are jerks. Creepy, violent, sex obsessed jerks.

Much like how sexually abused humans will often become sexual abusers themselves so it seems do seals. Apparently otters will catch, rape and often kill baby seals. Penguins, while occasionally finding themselves the victim of seal rape attacks, will themselves rape at will just about anything. Dolphins aren’t any better. They have even tried raping humans. The animal world is probably full of more rape and necrophilia than the human world.

Does this mean that rape and violence are an inescapable aspect of life? Is there really no way to eradicate it from society? Should we stop being so horrified by it and simply accept it as a normal occurrence? I will reiterate that I don’t advocate rape, or violence, really not a fan and don’t think it should be encouraged at all. However, either animals have as equally complex emotional ranges as humans do, or violence and rape are ingrained natural behaviors that exist on a basic level as part of the survival gene in life forms that have brains.

This should really be studied more. How can we hope to truly understand what motivates humans towards violence and rape if we don’t know the indisputable motivating factors. It’s a whole lot harder to recondition nature than nurture behaviors and if we are approaching it the wrong way we will never make enough headway to create meaningful positive changes in destructive behavior.

10 thoughts on “WTF Friday

  1. Ummm, big thoughts DBA. I understand that frame but I didn’t make the world, nor should I be expected to “fix” it. In order to find any peace I had to change my frame. First off I had to understand that what I did in this word affected everything else – we are all part of a bigger whole. You may not see the way you and your actions affect the world, but I can guarantee you that they do. Once I had a grip on that, The next step was knowing that I can really change (and really only have to change) one thing in this world – me. As Micheal Jackson so eloquently says: If you want to change the world, look in the mirror and change the person you see standing there. Then you go about being the best person you can – not a simple job. In fact I think it likely is very close to the meaning of life: We have been given the opportunity to create ourselves through Grace – by making choices that take us closer to the whole. So we affect change by using choice to change ourselves and in the process create ourselves. This philosophy brings up more questions than it answers but I think it is a step in the right direction. Have a great weekend! 😀

  2. Good post. I agree with Paul in that we all do have to look to ourselves first of all but we are also jointly responsible for the greater good of all people on earth and the state of the earth itself. There are many people who would never consider changing the way they behave and others wouldn’t change just on someone’s say so and would demand proof. Proof is only obtained through research. Research costs a lot of money and if we are to get scientists to change the type of research they do we have to convince the people with the money that the research is worth doing.

  3. I’m not sure you can make such a direct correlation between the animal world & human world as you’ve written in this post. We have to remember that animals in the wild don’t have the same comforts that humans do. They have to fight for mates, shelter, food, survival, resources, etc every single day of their lives.

    I do think that we can eradicate rape & violence but it would mean a concerted effort by every single person on this planet. That’s a difficult thing to co-ordinate.

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