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Time for violence over

Posted: October 5, 2009 10:52 p.m.
Updated: October 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.
All predators and their prey who survive to become old tend arrive at a different mindset.

Case in point: Sept. 18, my wife and I were sitting next to the fountain in the backyard. It was late evening, after 10 and all was quiet. My wife noticed erratic movement on one of the fence rails.

There was an old skinny, arthritic possum.

The animal moved slowly on unsteady legs.

The animal looked ancient and not moving too fast. Cleofus, our dog the possum killer for the past 13 years, opened one eye and gave the possum a token look.

It suddenly dawned on my wife and I that these natural enemies had reached a point in time when one was too old to run and the other too old to scale the seven-foot fence.

Finally, the possum made it to the end of our property line and went its way.

Cleofus, five minutes after the fact, slowly walked over the fence and looked up. He gave the fence a quick look and returned to his comfortable spot.

If animals programmed through a natural process can come to the realization that the time for hate and violence has passed, why can’t we, as a species, allegedly the “superior intelligence” on the planet, grow old enough to come to the same conclusion?

Why should an ancient dog and an old possum achieve their “peace on Earth” when we cannot?


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