If You’re Not Programmed to Eat Those You Grow Up With You’re Programmed to Love Them

I saw this photo — one of many of seen in its genre in which animals that aren’t supposed to “get along” do so, something that I’ve experienced in my own life — on a Facebook post linking to a page full of them, and it got me thinking.

As a crude generalization across the animal kingdom, if you aren’t programmed to eat those with whom you grown up (as various sorts of insects and such are), you’re generally programmed to act like you love them.

Is there a larger lesson here for human culture?

Yes, I know — you’re not used to my softer side and it may disturb you.  Just enjoy the cat and ferrets photo, then.

About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Corrupt party hacks hate him. He's OK with that too. He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)