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Differences between the way of life of wild animals and that of humans

   Q.  How does the way of life of wild animals differ from that 
        of humans? 

   A.  We note differences in regard to the following:

     - money (human society is very dependent on money, animals 
        know nothing of it) 

     - land ownership (in human society all land belongs to 
        someone, animals are free to roam as they will --- 
        although many have territorial instincts) 

     - laws, rules and constraints (humans have to live under the 
        constraints of many laws and rules, animals just live by 
        their instincts) 

   We also note other differences:

     - There is a lot of violence in the wild kingdom.  Most 
        animals must be continually watchful lest they be preyed 
        upon and eaten.  A large percentage of the young of many 
        kinds of animals never make it to adulthood but fall prey 
        to predators.  Life in a well-ordered human society is not 
        as dangerous as life in the wild kingdom.  However, man 
        can be violent and large numbers of people do die in wars. 

     - In regard to mating and sex most animals act only according 
        to instinct.  Most humans, on the other hand, are 
        inhibited and restrained in this area by conscience, 
        intellect and reason. 

   NOTE.  The lifestyles of some "hunting and gathering" type 
     peoples (e.g. of the North American Indians, the small tribes 
     roaming present day equatorial rain forests, the aborigines 
     of Australia, etc.) is similar in many ways to that of wild 
     animals in that they roam over the land and live directly 
     from it. 

   Apr 1986

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