Spending Christmas in the Cave

Posted by Nigel Humphreys on December 10, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Most of us will spend this Christmas Day in a cave staring at wall paintings with on eye on a turning spit or soup cauldron, rising from our reed beds from time to never-ending time to throw another piece of forest on the fire. We will watch our children skin bones and hurl them at the dogs or each other, honing their impatience to grow up. And our elders will chew over their lives on toothless gums and growl and return the fire’s spit. They will crab like babies over the flinty floor on all fours, wrapped in hide. And some of us will venture out of the smut and sulphurous fumes into the valley air. We will stretch our limbs and fill our lungs. And we will avoid each other’s caves lest we intrude, lest we feel ourselves unwelcome strangers at another tribe’s fire, though how we would welcome a stranger into our lair this of all days! Is it ‘natural’ to be so solicitous of each other’s privacy? To wall ourselves up within the family ethic rather than that of the tribe.


Hobbs saw each man (or woman) as an archaic individual whose unrestrained passions and greed lead him to continually kill and destroy. Freud called this the instinctive Id but thank a god it no longer dominates once man has learnt to think for himself. At some pre-Neolithic stage men and women thought their way put of the tree and into the pack. Thanks to natural selection those who hunt in numbers survive longer to reproduce those who hunt in numbers. The pack has always imposed rules for its own efficacy, i.e. the necessary safety of its individual parts. One only has to study the demographics of a wolf pack; how the pack has learned to stalk and surround its prey and wear it down with threat. Companionship is inevitable. Nature has seen to that.


They say it takes two to tango and it certainly takes two to breed almost everywhere you care to look in the natural world. Even if mankind was single-sexed, and therefore parthenogenic, there would still be a grandparent/parent/child relationship. Like it or not,(and many don’t) relations are unavoidable, especially at Christmas. The ‘natural man’ is a social animal. If man’s natural inclinations are to be in the company of his fellows then the company is naturally created. Wolves didn’t at some point decide to hunt in packs though its practice seems logically expedient. Two sets of fangs striking from two different directions at once are better than one. We don’t need Sun Tzu’s The Art of War to tell us that, and neither did the wolf or hyena. But mankind has issues. He has evolved to make the decisions which nature makes for all other animals. It therefore can be difficult to separate those issues he has decided for himself from those which evolution has decided for him.


A community has coherent qualities so that its several parts harmonise. Back in the Christmas cave where the natives are getting restless after too much Irish elk the blood bond attends to this. This is nature’s doing. A family thing. But what about other tribal kin - those in the neighbouring caves we are so reluctant to disturb in their campfire peace? Are they not instruments in an orchestra, striving to play the same symphony? One orchestra, one society, one end. But who decided which symphony to play? Did that decision not also evolve naturally from the need to protect the family within the framework of a tribe even if we don’t go much on the choice of music? And not just any old tribe. The best tribe we can practically belong to, given accident of birth and resourcefulness. Go on ! Turn another’s spit for once!

Categories: None

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

Already a member? Sign In


5:01 PM on September 11, 2021 
propecia no prescription
Reply cialis online no prescription
1:12 AM on September 11, 2021 
Where To Buy Viagra In Los Angeles
Reply how common are propecia side effects
5:45 AM on September 10, 2021 
buy cialis super active plus en mexico
Reply chontouck
3:17 AM on September 9, 2021 
Reply Antisttob
3:17 PM on September 5, 2021 - when viagra patent expire
Reply twinmer
7:07 PM on September 4, 2021 
Reply Ciseewews
3:59 PM on September 4, 2021 
2000 mg viagra
Reply Cheasia
11:56 PM on August 31, 2021 
Reply JellTrutt
4:21 AM on August 31, 2021 
Reply buy proscar brand
9:28 PM on August 29, 2021 
Viagra Ritardante
Reply Cheasia
8:57 PM on August 27, 2021 
ivermectin for humans amazon
Reply CharlesInima
12:45 PM on December 20, 2020 
my free cams\ cameltoe ebony girl naked on cam.
private sales at gun shows cam adult security camera voyeur.
group sex cam girls strip web cam chat sex cam.
bad credit payday lenders online payday loans florida direct payday lenders no third party.
what do you need to get a loan personal loans florida i need loan.
wanigas holiday loan 2020 loans for christmas shopping merry christmas you wonderful old building and loan.
paydaybank upstart personal loans review get personal loan.
what is an installment loan penfed personal loans personal loans in san antonio.
who owns loans for holiday inn vacation club loans for christmas christmas loans for bad credit in ny.
Reply CharlesInima
8:16 PM on December 17, 2020 
bree olson my free cams asian shemale showing ass on cam tube now ukteens chatting for teen.
xxx sex cam erica campbell tube free other fans free teen chat.
video cam sites dad daughter webcam sex redhead teen webcam.
direct lender loans wells fargo bad credit loans private unsecured loans.
online direct deposit loans fixed payment loan 12 month installment loans bad credit.
holiday loan bradford watch 2 broke girls and a loan for christmas any where doing early taxes for christmas loan.
direct lenders loans payday loans in arizona bad credit loan no guarantor.
24 hour loan get a loan online today personal loans debt consolidation.
holiday auto loan who does christmas loans in waynesboro georgia christmas loan application for teachers.
Reply MichaelSmact
12:47 AM on December 15, 2020 
fat hotties free cam to cam cameo ring vintage.
live xxx adult webcams teens cams free shemale free chat rooms.
asian live sex cams asian pussy cams teen chats email.
online loan services cash in advance loans payday loans in colorado.
banks that give personal loans with bad credit snappy payday loans reviews personal loans san antonio tx.
payday loan store open christmas eve? christmas loans with no bank account baecu holiday loan.
payday loans in raleigh nc do bank of america offer personal loans payday loans in missouri.
loan places in waco tx installment loan consolidation low interest personal loan bad credit.
dort federal holiday loan directions from holiday inn ocean side 21st street to united home loans amphitheater va. beach holiday inn express cleveland downtown to quicken loans arena.
Reply AnthonyCab
12:05 AM on October 24, 2020 
is it illegal to buy cialis online buy cialis non prescription where can i buy cialis on line
best place to buy generic cialis buy cialis canadian how can i buy cialis online
buy cialis non prescription where to buy cialis in canada where to buy cialis online forum
generic viagra 100mg next day is generic viagra available now generic viagra on ebay
indian payday loans fast payday loans online rise payday loans
best personal loans with bad credit bad credit home equity loans
Reply DavidIrope
9:48 AM on October 23, 2020 
cheap generic viagra free shipping trusted online pharmacy for generic viagra.
Reply EliasJer
7:43 AM on October 22, 2020 
buy brand cialis online how to buy cialis without a prescription buy cialis in mexico
cialis where to buy buy cialis with prescription where to buy cialis generic
buy name brand cialis online buy cialis online overnight shipping buy cialis no prescription
viagra 200mg pills generic generic viagra reviews pricing for generic viagra
payday loans interest rate bad credit payday loans disability payday loans
student loans for people with bad credit bad credit car loans no money down
Reply DouglasAcife
6:43 AM on October 21, 2020 
buy generic cialis online cheap how to buy cialis cheapest place to buy cialis
best place to buy cialis buy liquid cialis buy cialis 20mg online
buy cialis canadian pharmacy were can i buy cialis buy cialis in mexico
buy generic viagra without subscription generic viagra available in usa generic viagra for sale prescription required
best online payday loans for bad credit payday loans reno payday loans texas
quick loans bad credit payday loans online bad credit
Reply best place to buy cialis online forum
2:32 PM on September 24, 2020 
levitra media pastilla broasp - cialis affics Amoxicillin And Mono sedpelry Cialis enhand buy generic tadalafil online
Reply cialis buy
12:37 AM on August 29, 2020 
Canesoral Usa broasp - cialis online affics cialis store sedpelry buy cialis 20mg enhand Zithromax Bladder Infection