Back to Nature?

Ahhh…yes. Getting back to nature, wouldn’t that be wonderful? Well no, actually. Life in a state of nature is, as Thomas Hobbs said: solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.

This video has been viewed 50 million times on Youtube since it was posted on 2011. It’s a 4-minute time lapse of a process that lasted 3 hours. Don’t watch it if you’re squeamish. If you watch, note that the alligator is still alive and swishing its tail until nearly the end. This is a Burmese Python swallowing an alligator in the Florida everglades. Pythons are not natural to the Everglades. They got there because irresponsible people bought baby pythons (illegally) and when they got too big to handle they abandoned them in the Everglades. The alligator was once threatened by human predation. It was then protected and has now come back, only to face an even deadlier threat. Again, caused by humans.

I wonder what Rousseau would think of this? I wonder how hard it is to digest an alligator?

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