Mad Jack Hanks: Getting to the root of all disagreements
I’ve made myself pay attention to the habits, actions and reactions of critters these past few years. Gentle readers, it’s been kinda fun to discover some things I have not been aware of low these many years.
I have an old jackrabbit that I call Jack (how clever is that?) that hangs around the back yard and in the pasture next to my house. He like to relax next to the metal water tub on the shady side on the hottest of days. Rabbits know almost from the time they are born that they are indeed prey and they will flatten out, ears down and no movement at all if they think danger is anywhere around. I think ole Jack must feel like a combat soldier on patrol any time he is out and about. A sniper, anything or anybody that might attack him could appear at any time. I think I would hate to be a rabbit for sure.
On the western slope in the summer I would ride up the mountain every other day to check on the cows. On this one morning a mule deer had deposited her fawn right beside the trail under a small salt cedar. My ole pony spied the fawn and was a little more than curious when the fawn jumped up and took off. So did my buckskin. I got him under control just before we made a hole in a “bob” wire fence. Every time we went up that trail and it was the only clear path up the mountain, he was bug eyed looking for the fawn.
We hear the phrase quite often these days: “Why can’t we just all get along?” I have given that considerable thought and I don’t think it’s in our DNA. I really don’t. Think about it. Why do dogs fight with other dogs when they could just “get along?”
Same thing with cats, horses, bulls, elk, rams or any species of critters. It’s just in their DNA. to want control or to be the one in charge of whatever. We see it all the time. Sure animals kill other animals to eat and survive. Don’t we? As far back as man’s history goes, it appears that there will never be world peace because — in my opinion — some bad actor out there will want to over power his neighbor. It might be because of his religion, his fear of his neighbor, his dislike for his neighbor and for any of a hundred reasons. The earliest writings in the Bible warn us there will always be wars and rumors of wars. So, what does that tell me? It tells me that man, like the animals that inhabit his world, are to be ever watchful and suspicious on occasion for unforeseen discord be it the weather, the economy, our government or our neighbor.
I sat on the back deck yesterday and watched two little hummingbirds in mortal combat over who gets to feed first. There are six places on the feeder to accommodate them, but no. We’re gonna duke it out to see who is in control here. That’s really what inspired me to write this column just watching those hummingbirds do combat over absolutely nothing, nothing.
I have come to the conclusion that they — the hummingbirds — are us. We are them. I reckon that’s the way the world works.
I hope you are not to depressed by now. Cheer up, it might be cold enough to snow in a few weeks! Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion and remember not much changes in our old world so charge into today and find a way to have some fun! I’ll c. y’all, all y’all. ❖
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