Thursday, May 10, 2012

What Is Bigfoot? Is Shooting the Answer?




Option 1: Bigfoot is a primitive cave man.

Upright walk? Hairy body? Living in primitive conditions? Seems ideal for an explanation, right?



Option 2: Bigfoot is an ape.

He's hairy? He's muscular? He's huge? He lives outdoors? Ape, right?



Option 3: A simple man sharing the world with "civilized" man.

He's upright? He's smart enough to stay well hidden? He's a man, right?

There's a lot of pro-kill mother-f'ers taking to the woods with their guns like scared little villagers with torches and pitchforks. They are coming from all the worst places in humans; fear, ignorance, insecurity, greed and fragile egos. Their opinions of what Bigfoot is or is not, does not matter for this discussion because they are obviously not using their limited brain capacity.

I will, however, discuss what we do know about Bigfoot.

1. As of yet, Bigfoot has not officially been recognized by the scientific community, the government or the public.

2. If this creature does exist, we can make a few assumptions about it, such as there are not enough of them to be a secure population and so therefore they are likely endangered. They have upright walking abilities and man-like qualities which means they are the closest relative we have, even closer than apes. And, most importantly, he has managed to do a helluva job secreting himself in our woodlands, showing a great deal of intelligence.

If your neighbor has mental retardation and an IQ of 47, perhaps has a gene mutation that gives him hypertrichosis so that he is hair covered, or is left to grow up in the woods like a feral child, does not make him any less human? That a man-like creature has decided to stay hidden from us shows a keen sense of survival and an earned respect.

Consider this: The First Nations recognize Bigfoot as an ancient tribe. 

I don't doubt that some day, we will be faced with the truth about exactly what Bigfoot is genetically, but knowing if we may share genus "homo" with him is going to be another hurdle. How we accept a new people to our family of humanity says a lot about us. We have the chance now to show we are gracious co-existants with another race.

Hundreds of years might have come between the landing of Pilgrims and the confrontational clashes with the Native People of the Americas, but to watch pro-kill Bigfoot hunters touting the shooting of a Bigfoot shows some of us never learned a damn thing from our past and should make us all ashamed that they call themselves human. 

Ironically when Texas was recently asked if folks could shoot a BF there the response was vague and unsettling  An exotic animal is an animal that is non-indigenous to Texas," Sinclair told the network. "Unless the exotic is an endangered species, then exotics may be hunted on private property with landowner consent.” That we have no contingencies in place is terrifying and I honestly believe that if someone were to shoot a BF, no matter what they thought it was when they shot it, they knew it wasn't a human and they knew it wasn't a bear, so they shot something that should land them in jail for manslaughter or even murder.

From an anthropological standpoint, any creature walking upright, looking just as much human and ape, needs a dialogue. It needs first contact. And our first contact with a close relative should not be at the end of a gun barrel. It should be with an extended hand and a huge deal of respect for managing to be uncorrupted in such a corrupted society that would want to shoot first and ask questions later.



6 comments:

  1. Whether it be BigFoot, An unarmed man/teen, or any other type of Wild Animal....

    Our country has the predisposition to shoot first and ask questions later.

    It is sad, but it is true.

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  2. Great job!

    As usual you're right on, your words sound like my own.

    TROG! I love that movie joan crawford too.

    You forgot The Gargoyles, with Cornel Wilde? ;)

    Recent movies "The tribe" & "The lost tribe" are also good examples of possibilities too, although I hope bf is not that gruesome~~~The movies basically suck too, but the writer obviously has some interest in BF.

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  3. Great job!

    As usual you're right on, your words sound like my own.

    TROG! I love that movie joan crawford too.

    You forgot The Gargoyles, with Cornel Wilde? ;)

    Recent movies "The tribe" & "The lost tribe" are also good examples of possibilities too, although I hope bf is not that gruesome~~~The movies basically suck too, but the writer obviously has some interest in BF.

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    1. Alex, thanks. It's good to hear that some in the BF community have kept their wits and integrity. I'm glad you're an AZ crypto dude. We need more with that attitude. I'm such an uber dork that I own Gargoyles and it's probably my favorite 70s made-for-tv movie. Man, I'd love to see someone remake that one the right way-maybe JJ Abrams.

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  4. It's pretty sad when the "civilized" are more barbaric than the "creature". Hopefully we have progressed past the stage we were at when we discovered the gorillas. Can you imagine a bunch of poachers running around capturing BF's to cut off their hands to use as ashtrays? Pretty sad that this is even a possibility.

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  5. Let's see... There isn't enough vegetation in BF's known territories to support a large primate on a vegetarian diet. This means BF has to eat meat (which we're made of). No BF remains have ever been discovered, nor has a sickly BF wandered onto a highway to be hit by a truck. Makes one wonder if BF's are cannibalistic, eating their sick, wounded, and dead.
    And what does the scientific community need to be convinced of BF's existence? A live specimen would be ideal of course (good luck with that), films, photos, footprints, inconclusive hair samples just aren't gonna cut it. They gotta have a BODY.
    And considering the number of people who "vanish" in the woods every year, I think there's a distinct possibility that the Big Guy isn't the luvable, peaceful, unaggressive creature so many portray him as.
    And if BF IS a human relative, he's done a great job of concealing what has to be massive intelligence.(if only homo sapiens could match their record for avoiding speeding traffic). No tools, no artifacts, no traces whatsoever of any form of civilization.
    So, yeah, when I go into the woods, I'm gonna be packin'. I'd hate to be one of those poor SOB's who've encountered a squatch and never lived to tell about it. Look up the "Nahinni Valley" sometime. ;)
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