There is no question that Adrien Peterson is an outstanding back in the National Football League. His performance with Minnesota has placed him among the best running backs in football. Now, as to his performance as a father, there is no question that he should be running from that role, quickly. His four year old boy pushed his five year old brother off his bike. As far as we know, the five year old is still alive and in good health. But, dad was very upset. After all, how many four year old boys push someone? How many four year old boys push their older brother? Gee, I was once a four year old boy who had a five year old older brother, and my first memory of life is hitting him over the head with my shovel! I adored my older brother, but at age four, logical thinking was just beginning.
Adrien Peterson decided to teach his four year old boy a lesson. He found a branch from a tree, and proceeded to beat the hell out of the boy. He struck him on legs, back, buttocks and scrotum. The boy wound up bloody. Adrien insists this form of punishment is what his folks did to him, so why not do it to his son? Idiot, your parents taught violence, now you are teaching violence, and, perhaps, your son will grow up to be another Ray Rice who punches out his girl friend.
How about a few lashes on the back, buttocks and scrotum of the beater. He can then recall the good old days of youth?
I was driving down a street in Lombard, Illinois when suddenly a squirrel appeared. I halted my car, watched the animal which apparently was doing some thinking, and within a few seconds dashed away. Later, returning front he library my car found itself in the same street, and lo and behold, the squirrel made another appearance. It halted, I halted, it reflected, and then dashed away. I went to a coffee shop and thought about the squirrel. A squirrel traces its ancestry back a few million years. It was not until about one hundred years ago that a squirrel found itself confronted by a new enemy–the automobile. Within a relatively short period of time, the squirrel adjusted its behavior to take into account cars. In other words, this tiny brained animal was able to revolutionize its behavior within a few decades in order to survive.
I live with animals that possess much more developed brains. These human animals have been living with the arrival of weapons that could completely destroy human life on the planet. But, have these human animals altered their behavior? Of course not. They hate, they kill, they murder despite evidence such behavior is dangerous to human survival. Isn’t it about time we invited some squirrels to help us alter behavior?