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Focus on the Solutions for Wolves
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Sunrise creates an alien-looking world over the eroded hills of Badlands National Park, South Dakota.
Often we find ourselves entrenched in a battle with no end, arguing with someone over extended periods of time with neither side budging on their stance. It’s easy to become engrossed the argument, working tirelessly to convince the other side of our own opinions and findings. Given the activity involving wolf hunts in the area, people on both sides are incredibly passionate about their views.
Everyone from Buddha, to Jesus Christ, to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. have all given us relevant and applicable quotes on how to deal with conflicts of this nature. Buddha first said that "Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." He’s telling us that by engaging the other side, we’re essentially distracting ourselves from a solution and thus, turned in the wrong direction. When you are focused on having an enemy, somebody that you’ve defined as the bad guy or irrationally wrong on the other side, then you’re training your mind to look in that direction. Your mind will begin to find more examples of that because that is what you’ve trained it to look for. Only by dropping the hot coal can you modify your thinking into a more productive pattern and begin to seek out a solution. Jesus went on to elaborate on this when he said "Turn the other cheek." Those words have the power to achieve amazing solutions in a relatively short time. Simply translated, it’s not worth your time to endlessly try and convince the opposition of science and facts. They won’t hear it until they choose to hear it. It won’t come with louder words or blindly obvious facts illustrating the benefits of the presence of wolves. They will not hear it. Therefore, your time is better spent accepting their point of view and moving on by turning your attention to focusing on solutions. Solutions can be found much more easily when you’re not pushing upon the problem so furiously. "Turn the other cheek" toward what it is you’re trying to accomplish, not distracting yourself by holding the hot coal. Finally, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. expanded on this very concept when he said "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." Wait. Am I actually asking you to have compassion and forgiveness for people that take pleasure in the torture and suffering of animals? Yes.
Imagine for a second just how much hate, anger, and fear someone would have to be filled with in order to get to that point. Imagine how long and consistent these feelings have to continually resurface throughout their lives to get there, constantly being reminded that hate is a more logical alternative than acceptance. Anger and violence are directly linked to fear. Therefore, it’s logical to assume that they’re constantly living in fear, afraid of the consequences if they choose to educate themselves that would subsequently result in an ostracizing that would occur if they had a change of heart. One reminder after another keeps them fearing the other direction for fear of public humility in their local circles. In their minds, if they were to look toward a different solution, the only solution they can see is to truly feel completely alone knowing that they have enemies on both sides. Only through love and acceptance from the opposite side, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pointed out, can they feel welcome to release the anger and fear and know that they actually would not be alone should they choose to have a change of heart.
You don’t have to love and forgive them to the extent that Buddha, Jesus, or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would, but understanding their position will help you to understand it’s their choice, and in that choice, you’re not going to change their mind. Arguing with them will only make them more defensive and force them to dig more deeply into their position. Therefore, you have no other alternative than to turn the other cheek and focus on the solution to get progress moving, and there has never been a better time than now.
Current Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, has not been known to be the best at his position. In fact, he was largely responsible for allowing the Wyoming wolf hunt to take place. The policies were considered too barbaric and cruel, but he stepped in and got it through. The good news? Ken Salazar has announced he will resign from his position as Secretary of the Interior, leaving room for someone more interested in the well-being of nature that doesn’t promote psychotic, violent behavior toward animals. On top of that, Wolfwatcher has information on contacting Montana officials in reference to the fate of the buffer zone that’s been removed around the northwestern part of Yellowstone National Park. With disastrous effects on wolves from the wolf hunts, it’s more important now than ever that we give our undivided attention to the solutions that are waiting for wolves rather than allowing ourselves to be distracted by what can be viewed as decoys. The fate of wolves, and the overall well-being of nature itself, is depending on those solutions to be found by those who can focus on the well-being alone.