Of human and animal behavior

Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2011

In response to Mr. Olson's Tuesday story of the monkeys, I would like to share an observation of my own. Some animals just like to fight. I spend my summers on the beach, and often get annoyed over the incessant squawking of the seagulls. Even when a lone seagull spots a meal, it chooses to squawk until others have arrived, then fight with them over what should have already been eaten. What could be quick and quiet turns into a noisy, inefficient mess. It's possible that there is a biological explanation for this, but I'd guess it has a lot to do with brain size.

Unfortunately, it seems that some humans have the same mentality. We live in a country that provides more opportunity for prosperity and freedom than any since the existence of man. Yes, we have problems -- big ones, but sitting in a bunker starving primates till they beat each other up won't solve them. Yes, I have guns too -- to protect my family from bad people who just like to fight, and to scare off those annoying seagulls. I don't, however, plan to use them to overthrow our government, military, or police force made up of my family, friends, and countrymen. Instead, I have a solution that is clean, quiet, and personal -- Work hard, take advantage of the opportunities our country offers, and cast an informed vote. Then encourage others to do the same. I have no doubt that doing this will continue to bring freedom and opportunity to current and future generations.

Todd Smith, Kenai



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