Beneficent Predation

(Note: John Muir walked through North American wilderness without a weapon. His agenda was simply to be where he was. But he was also made of steel and knew how to fight. jrs)

Mean-spirited people flourish when
good hearts look the other way.
Ignorance is only bliss for the ignorant.
The rest of us have to stay light on our feet,
trying to understand the laws of Nature.
To avoid being prey, some pray,
some embrace predation in a beneficent way,
some surrender all pretense and leave kindness
in shallow graves scattered across a bleak plain.

polarbear

john-muir

(admirable, yet implacable, predator: video.nationalgeographic.com; gentle John Muir: philosophyforlife.org)

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About Jim Stewart

Writer at Butt in Chair
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2 Responses to Beneficent Predation

  1. What is it about John Muir today? He’s shouting from the grave. Third time I’ve seen him. 🙂

  2. narble says:

    His 200th birthday is in December. Christmas Eve, I think. A great character.

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