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Lesson from Nature: Do Better than Dogs

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Arctic Wolf Pack

The New York Times recently reported on new research on the origin of dogs, with unexpected lessons about the vital connection between family values and self-reliance. Dogs are closely related to wolves – so close, in fact, that dogs and wolves can interbreed easily and some scientists don’t even accept the idea that they constitute separate species. But when it comes to mating and offspring there’s a big difference. As the Times observes: “Wolves mate for the long haul and wolf dads help with the young, while dogs are completely promiscuous and the males pay no attention to their offspring.”

When human beings behave like dogs, with promiscuous and uninvolved males, they become dependent like dogs, counting on some higher power–like government–to meet their needs.  But when we act like wolves, with lasting relationships and involved fathers, we can take care of ourselves and live with dignity and independence, without relying on some all-powerful master and provider.

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  1. Preston Hale  •  Jan 23, 2016 at 3:25 am

    Solid point!

  2. Michael Gaffney  •  Jan 27, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    That's why out here in the red, red Republican West (Idaho) wolves are treated as vermin, family units decimated, pups poisoned. By liberals, you say? Why no, by good church fearing, Republicans.

  3. David Adams  •  Jan 29, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Interesting theological implications. In 12-step recovery (which is based on the Christian Oxford Group), "self-reliance" is viewed as vice to be replaced by reliance on an all-powerful (omnipotent) Higher Power (i.e. the Abrahamic God or totalitarian government, which wouldn't really be 'all-powerful' anyway, any human government, that is). As a recovered alcoholic and agnostic, I am learning later in life how to be more self-reliant. So does that make me libertarian? I don't know. It's just an interesting choice of words coming from the religious Michael Medved, who I assume believes in an all-powerful deity and maybe relies on Him. I tend to read words literally. Maybe I should have been a lawyer, but I still value honesty. Ha ha!

  4. David Adams  •  Jan 29, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks for the interesting post, Michael, by the way!

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