But the real reason I brought up cats is because hardwired behavior is hard to erase. It can be hidden for some time, but the cat that likes to get the belly-rubs also likes to wipe out any animal species it can defeat. So what about man? The debate on how mankind is wired and what the nature of man really is has been debated for centuries. On one hand, we are lucky to be able to determine our fates. Upon birth we are not obligated to fly south for the winter or brave running streams to reach a spot to lay eggs.
Of course this ability to chart our own course also makes us open to suggestion(s).
Right now in this country that suggestion is that we keep printing money and taxing success to pay for a utopian society where we all work together without a care for material reward or recognition. We are born into families but now we are told that family extends beyond even your community. We are being told we are all in this together to the point that people that don't work have no guilt over taking money from those that do while people that work are drowning in a guilt campaign because they are greedy for not sharing their prosperity.
I think at our core we are competitive and also like shiny objects.
The notion that the guilt trip is working is only half correct-only a few successful people say tax me more, while their less successful brothers all agree it is time for the rich to pay even a fairer share. And I must say this rhetoric can be made to sound so nice, but its essence is not unlike a house cat let loose to terrorize a neighborhood. This money-grab also includes giving up basic rights that have always been afforded to Americans. Our notion of freedom could be turned upside down if we don't take a stand.
While I don't think everyone will succumb to the pressure, we can be swayed and a lot will ignore their instincts. No, we aren't hardwired to go south for the winter but can be talked into it. The next four years will be a non-stop campaign to force Americans into accepting that we are a giant commune. The promoters of this campaign have the Bully Pulpit, media and that little green monster that resides in most of us but only comes out periodically (like when Tom Brady is winning the Super Bowl).
America wins when we are motivated by financial rewards and other selfish needs. It's in our nature, just as it is in the nature of most other animals on the planet, to win and enjoy the rewards of winning. In nature that prize is called survival, for humans it could be called money in the bank, house on the beach, or kids through college. We can't be ashamed of wanting to be successful or actually reaching certain heights in life and shouldn't allow the government to take what we earn under the false pretense of helping others.
I think 50% of anyone's earnings is more than enough to run government from the local to federal level.
My earliest memories are of wanting more-to climb tall trees, to win marbles, to win football games and, later, to win life. Survival is hardwired, but guts and determination can be removed. I didn't watch much of the Benghazi hearing yesterday, but from what I heard it was a combination love-fest and GOP rolling over. And while the cameras were rolling there, the GOP caved on the debt ceiling, allowing it to run up three more months-no strings attached.
Even domesticated cats harbor the need to be savage killing machines because it's their nature. I thought it was the nature of the GOP to stand for fiscal discipline but maybe I'm wrong.
One thing is for sure, we all have to hold onto that kernel of determination and guts that made us reckless children with scraped knees and busted lips and loving every second of the journey of life.
We can't allow it to be taken or coaxed away from us because the future of our children goes hand in hand with it. We have to be as determined as Sylvester the Cat was in trying to catch Tweety or in the end ... we'll become the hunted.