November 19, 2006


Elephants

A group of young teenage males swarming and killing people.

Whole communities being torn apart by the loss of fathers, families being removed from their homes and forced to leave everything they know.

Loss being suffered on such a grand scale that the whole social order is in danger of collapsing. All of its members are reacting with violence on a scale never seen before.

Inner city gangs? War-torn regions? Poverty taking over? Nope.

Elephants. This is happening to the elephants of the world. This is a long, but fascinating article from the NYT via the Star. Elephants in all regions of the world they are native to are killing and maiming on a scale never witnessed before.

Elephants are brainy, social animals. They live a long time, and have the proverbial fabulous memories to guide them. Their mourning rituals are heartbreaking - there was a show on Discovery a while back that showed how they react to the loss of a member of the tribe.

They are being culled and poached to the point that their complicated social orders are being destroyed, and they are reacting with violence. With the loss of vital 'elders', both male and female, in some orders, younger elephants are acting like rogue gang members - they were actually raping and killing rhinos. Read that sentence again. It's from the linked piece.

If you can't stand to read another story about how humanity is going to hell as we ruin our environment and desert our young and old, read this piece about the elephants. There is a reason we need our social order; there is a reason we need to take care of one another; there is a reason we are here beyond our own selfish fulfillment.

Read about the elephants.

2 Comments:

Blogger Rainypete said...

Poor elephants. They should look to us as a warning. I think we've been doing this for years now. Maybe we can serve as a warning to them.

November 22, 2006 12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This stuff breaks my heart. I cannot say more than that. ...M

November 22, 2006 10:33 PM  

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