Human: Is the wildness a force?
Dr Beetle: The wildness a forceful method (or set of methods). It feels forceful because its participants (animals, plants, earth) work together so efficiently and strongly. They combine to give nature a shared theme called wildness. Therefore, the wildness is not an item on its own, but arises as the voice of a multitude of species when they work together within its system. It is a bit like the human 'economy', which is something that you cannot actually point at, but arises when people work together according to a certain system.
Human: What is the difference between the wildness and wilderness?
Dr Beetle: The wilderness is a place that humans have not influenced, while wildness is the method at work in that place. In a wilderness, you can feel the strength of the wildness at its peak. But the wildness also exists outside these wilderness areas. It is a method that surrounds us all, lives.within us, and can be found even within a city (where admittedly, it does feel a bit thin). It is anything that is untamed, true and direct.
Human: How does an animal join the wildness?
Dr Beetle: An animal becomes wild by joining with the other components in nature. It must remain receptive and open to natural influences all the way to the centre of its being. Such levels of commitment allow the development of 'instincts', which are codes of behavior learnt in trust and partnership with nature. The animal becomes 'one' with nature.
Human: How can a human become wild?
Dr Beetle: To become wild, the level of joining to the ways of nature must be complete. Therefore, you must open your mind and soul to the land and its creatures until you feel a part of them. You cannot remain trapped inside a human box of illusion, but must venture out. Like a tame lion released back into the wild, the mind has to lose its taught thought processes, and listen to what is real in nature. The wildness cannot be seen properly through artificial or shielded minds.
Human: Wouldn't humans be even worse creatures if they were wild?
Dr Beetle: Where did you get this from? From the biologists that got it wrong (see Biology Blast)?
Human: Isn't evolution 'survival of the fittest'
Dr Beetle: No, evolution is 'survival of the wildest'. Therefore, the doom and gloom being reasoned out of evolution by biologists today is wrong. In truth, evolution produces harmony, diversity and beauty in nature, not a few selfish victors. Survival of the fittest implies it is strong to be a fit competitor to the exclusion of others. But to be wild, it is more important to have good instincts, and to be open enough to sense the information coursing through your world.
Human: But I saw a nature documentary where a lion killed a baby antelope.
Dr Beetle: Most 'nature' documentaries are skewed to show people what they currently want to see. They concentrate on a few of the 'action' species, or film for weeks to get the most gruesome snippets so that humans can go 'tut tut'. The lion may seem to epitomize 'survival of the fittest', but in nature the antelope lineage is actually more successful than the big cat lineage. It has more species, higher population and wider habitat range. But really, both animal lineages are successful in their own way because they are wild. If you look more closely at predators, including the lion, you will find that they all have adaptations and skills designed to make the killing of their prey as swift and gentle as possible. So do not fear or judge nature's ways through a shielded mind. There are still more stronger and admirable reasons in nature for humans to find and realise than biology and nature documentaries currently depict. (Posted December 2000)
Human: Does the wildness exist?
Dr Beetle: All animals, plants and
earth outside human influence are
wild. Together, they make up 'The
Human: What is the wildness?
Dr Beetle: The wildness is the
highest level of organization found
in nature. It is like a medium or set of parsimonious methods in
which everything in nature flows
most capably. The wildness
is nature humming along.