Predators

by Meritxell Riera Prims

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Why are we so attracted to predatory creatures? Perhaps it’s because we see coldness, determination, pursuance… Nothing stands between a predator and its prey. They focus on their goal and reach it. I also think we see lack of morals. We believe that the apparent lonesomeness, the fact that they don’t create emotional bonds (also an assumption) and therefore they’re not in debt with any of their peers, makes it easier for them to get what they want when they want it.

Of course I am talking about predators in nature, in spite of the image I’ve chosen to illustrate this post. A xenomorph, for instance, is a reflex of the desires that we project in an imaginary creature, and the admiration we feel for it. You can even notice that in its perfect physiology.

Actually, there’s something extremely… moral, in the way we picture nature (funny, because in the past it used to be just the opposite: purity and innocence). But that’s disturbing if you stop to think, because we assume that lack of morals implies lack of rules. And in nature, rules are plain and clear, every creature knows that. And breaking them has consequences. Oh… but then again, isn’t it a moral judgment, what I just made?

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