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.