Hunting is now, and has always been a part of human life. It is how we acquire food, and it is a rite of passage. I know fully well that hunting is a controversial subject, but I know that it is one that is worth discussing. To be clear, I am not talking about trophy hunting, hunting for bragging rights, or hunting for the thrill. I am talking about hunting for food, for clothing, for tools, and for a livelihood. I mean the type of hunting that human beings have done since the dawn of time, or, as we have learned, at least since people reached the genus homo.
At the point in time when we split from the common ancestor to the apes, which was around 7,000,000 years ago with sahalanthropus tchedensis, people were scavengers. We ate what we could find. Whether it was insects, scraps from a lion kill, or plants, early hominids ate what they could. As we evolved we became better at catching small lizards, or finding bird eggs. As time passed we learned to hunt, and it was at this point that our brains began to grow and our development sky rocketed. It was the fat and protein from meat and the ability to create fire which drove this development.
Hunting is responsible (in a way) for the rapid rate of evolution in the human species. Fast forward a few million years, and for most people hunting has become nothing more than a sport. There are, however, a few people, quite a few people who still feel a reverence in the knowledge that it takes life to sustain life. We know that it is necessary. When a conscientious hunter kills, there is a great pull, like a pain in the depths of that person. The desire to sustain life, pulled against the need to feed our selves and our families. As we progress into the world of technology and intentional disconnection from the earth and from our communities, there are people, a new tribe, who remember life as it was meant to be. Connected and meaningful. With a place for each person and an extended family in each community. These people know that the earth is our home and that we are meant to be a part of it. We are meant to be in the food chain and to feel all of the things that happen. When it’s hot, we should feel hot, when it’s cold we should feel cod, and when there are bugs, we should get bug bites. It is the natural circle of life.
Hunting is controversial, but it is a part of the human experience, it is a part of who we are. Learning to do it properly is a very important rite of passage. Learning to respect and honor the animal, to be thankful for it’s sacrifice is vital. Learning to track, and to stalk, practicing our archery or marksmanship. to ensure a clean kill. Understanding that there is an amount of inherent violence, but that it’s okay. These are essential to the human experience.
Please learn, and understand