What Was That On The Menu?

Jack London has it about right in his quote from Seawolf. Humans like to think that we are somehow immune to such but it comes as a shock when we become food for something. I think the horror of a shark or bear or tiger attack is in part because we like to think ourselves as that which eats not is eaten. The dread of the term “man-eater” is only from our perspective. To the other we may be looked upon as companion perhaps but also as food. The Tiger who eats a human is only eating prey. What would be truly horrible to the Tiger a “Tiger-eater” as cannibalism is the true perversion.

Perhaps we are not as removed from the cycle of things as we imagine in our denial. JWS


Life is a mess… It is like yeast, a ferment, a thing that moves and may move for a minute, an hour, a year or a hundred years, but that in the end will cease to move. The big eat the little that they may continue to move, the strong eat the weak that they may retain their strength. The lucky eat the most and move the longest, that is all.

— Jack London, Seawolf