One of the neat things about going golfing in wilderness areas is the opportunity to see wildlife such as this white-tailed doe. This was just one of many seen during our few days in the provincial park. More often than not, I was at a wrong angle for a decent photo because of light. We did get to watch a coyote hunt down a mouse including the final pounce and gobbling of the small meal. Nature is amazing to watch.
Watching nature there is a number of lessons to learn. One in particular is about “rights” and “morality.” The lesson is simple. Survive and individuate. There are no right or wrong actions. One simply does and then lives with the results of the actions, or not.
For humans, it becomes a bit more complicated. We make it more complicated. We invent ‘theologies,’ we invent ‘isms,’ and we invent ‘ideologies.’ And then we compete with competing belief systems until we become far removed from the simple necessity of surviving and individuating.
Where did common sense go? Well, there can be no ‘common’ sense when there is no common understanding of life. I learned this early when I found myself wandering through different cultures where a different set of common sense was in operation. And of course, even in those cultures, frustration was evident among the members of that culture when ‘others’ within the tribe didn’t seem to operate with the same set of collective rules. It’s hard for one to follow rules when one makes choices to individuate, to honour the self in situations where one must do so in order to continue the journey of self discovery.