Where’s The Danger?
I was talking to S, my friend the other day, and we were discussing about the “Tiger” situation in India. How there are just 1411 tigers left (I am sure you are all familiar with this ;)), and what a pathetic situation it is.
And then she went on to say that her brother was freakishly scared of tigers. Apparently he had seen a few documentaries which showed these felines marauding and terrorising nearby villages.
The discussion progressed to how dangerous animals can be, quoting all that we had seen on National Geographic one time or the other. You are probably wondering how is it that we, two girls, are discussing such issues. FYI we do, quite regularly. It is not always shoes and boys :P.
Anyways, S made a brilliant observation…
She asked, “What is the probability of us getting mauled by a tiger or trampled by an elephant?”
Something to think about isn’t it? If you go to see, the likelihood of this happening is almost nil. There are more chances of us getting dying in a road accident, due to asthma (because of pollution :P), armed robbery, or even a terrorist attack.
So who are more dangerous, humans or animals? Some might argue that we have no idea as to what the beast is thinking. This makes them unpredictable and us, vulnerable. But I disagree. Animals have a set behaviour pattern. Carnivores, who are usually dangerous, kill for one purpose only – food. And sometimes if they are instigated or for self-defence. Can you grudge them for that? Whereas we humans, given the gift of the mind, are in fact far more capricious.
This reminds me of a song:
Animals and children tell the truth they never lie,
Which one is more human? There’s a thought, now you decide.
(“Animal Song” by Savage Garden)