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Swans of Fighting Grace All Watched Over

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. Sorry, yesterday I/we got a little mixed up in our blog, and ended up rushing one out from amongst quite a few ideas and a big amount of text. The young wolves should have been called pups or whelps; ‘her’ cubs/pups should have been ‘their’ (proof of my male mind leaving child-rearing to the women for eagle-eyed feminists?); and the title of the Adam Curtis documentary should have been All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace, rather than All Watched Over By Loving Machines. The three-part documentary is on Vimeo, and an interview with Adam Curtis about the series (that I/we haven’t watched yet) is on YouTube.

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Describing Swan Fight without Prejudice

Funnily enough, when I/we went out I/we saw two swans ‘fighting’, like many humans were probably fighting that Saturday around the world; I/we guessed it was two males over a watching female, but that could be presumptuous, and show signs of sexism or homophobia.

I/We thought I/we might be safe mentioning their colour, but have thought twice about it, what with me/us being greenygrey. They did look beautiful from afar, as if dancing in the sun with necks entwined. It was only when I/we got closer that I/we saw they were actually biting each other, with feathers flying, showing how initial looks can be deceiving… and how even nice swans are not that different to demonised wolves… or humans.

Swan Fight 4
Swan Fight 4 (Photo credit: Fulla T)

We were going to have another thrilling episode of Werewolf of Oz, but have just run out of time, so it’ll have to wait ’til tomorrow. Until then…

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Wolves for Women and Social Order

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. We’d love the human world to be all safe and peaceful, and to think that a natural order would result from a dissolution of controlling organisations. But as we know from the wolf world, and most other animals, order is needed to benefit the pack or community. While some wolves live alone, and some spend time alone, most live within the order of the pack.

English: The Gibbon wolf pack pauses in the sn...
English: The Gibbon wolf pack pauses in the snowy landscape. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Counter-culture and Natural Order

While Marc still felt part of the ‘counter-culture’ he saw a David Frost Show from 1970. Marc was initially most interested in it because hippies (of the Yippy youth hippies movement) took over the studio.

But what stuck in Marc’s mind most was the view of Frost’s other interviewee, the anthropologist and behavioural scientist, Robert Ardrey, who said that the hippies’ anarchist views were not in line with humanity’s past or the animal world.

Ardrey’s views seemed to be proven soon after, when the hippy movement collapsed and many of the Yippies soon became Yuppies. Although many of their views still survive, and are relevant for today’s world.

Adam Curtis included the breakdown of the 1960s hippy communes under competing personalities and egos in his All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace documentary; and this is featured by Marc in his 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections, which is now available to borrow for Amazon Prime members in the UK, France and Germany; joining the U.S. 

Natural World: She-Wolf Saves Cubs

We were reminded of this while watching the Natural World: A Wolf Called Storm documentary, when Storm led the pack on a two-mile swim through cold water.

His partner noticed their pups were struggling, and turned back to lead them  to safety, while Storm and the older wolves continued their swim. If she hadn’t taken that responsibility, the cubs would probably have drowned.

We think that shows how teamwork and sharing can help benefit a society, whether wolf or human.

P.S. While we mean this blog to be positive for women, we fear we’ll probably be accused of being sexist or something, for making out that women should be the ones taking responsibility for the young.

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