Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Jungle Law

Photo taken at Selous Game Reserve, KsK 2009

I have heard
There is a law of the jungle
I have heard when the lion has eaten his fill
He never attacks
He goes to lie under dense shady trees
- Syeda Hameed

Ye may kill for yourselves, and your mates, and your cubs as they need, and ye can;
But kill not for pleasure of killing, and seven times never kill Man!

If ye plunder his Kill from a weaker, devour not all in thy pride;
Pack-Right is the right of the meanest; so leave him the head and the hide.

The Kill of the Pack is the meat of the Pack. Ye must eat where it lies;
And no one may carry away of that meat to his lair, or he dies.

Now these are the Laws of the Jungle, and many and mighty are they;
But the head and the hoof of the Law and the haunch and the hump is — Obey!
- Rudyard Kipling

Sure, the lion is king of the jungle, but airdrop him into Antarctica and he's just a penguin's bitch.
- Dennis Miller

Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.
- Carl Sagan

All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in strange, sometimes inexplicable ways. This madness can be saving; it is part and parcel of the ability to adapt. Without it, no species would survive.
- Yann Martel (Life of Pi)

Social law vs. Jungle law
One might say that there is an "ethics barrier " a speed above which ethics can no longer exit. After that point the only remaining goal is to survive the immediate moment.
- Pekka Himanen

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