Raised by Wolves

Raised by Wolves

Lent 40


Last year I received several rather vocal comments regarding my counting which led someone else to say:  “Those people must have been raised by wolves.”  Comments such as “Day 40 of Lent?  How could that be?”   “This is actually Palm Sunday.  We still have another week of Lent!” 


It is Day 40 by my tally because we are counting each day.  The liturgical calendars, the Sundays are considered Feast Days and not a part of the penitential period of the Lenten season.  There are forty days, excluding Sundays.  This also comes up during Advent, the fifty days of Easter by liturgical calendars which do not jive with my straight day-by-day count, the twelve days of Christmas, etc.


Knowledge is a wonderful thing and last week we discussed the value of self-knowledge.  However, much like electricity, knowledge must be used and used in a timely fashion.  Electricity cannot be successfully stored for long periods of time.  Knowledge can be stored but when one fails to apply the knowledge known, then it will be replaced by new knowledge.  It is a fact of life and one of the definitions of evolution.


Being “raised by wolves” is often used to describe people who should know better, usually regarding behavior, but fail to act accordingly.  In short, it is an insult.  The use of this phrase has always puzzled me, though.  Wolves are social animals, living quite successfully in packs of fifty or sizty animals.  There are several so-called alpha males and females who mate only with one partner for ife.  The cubs or babies are born blind and deaf and are carefully and attentively nurtured for their first few months of life.  The mothers of these cubs are brought food and water by the other members of the pack and then together, the pack nurtures the new members.  Older wolves do venture off to start their own packs and the cycle begins anew.


In short, the behavior of wolves, especially regarding their young, consists of nurturing and teaching with the support of the entire pack.  Mankind would learn a lot and be much better off if we applied our knowledge in the same manner as wolves.


This week we will discuss selflessness but perhaps we should take a moment and think about how we apply our knowledge of others in judging them.  Do such actions truly reflect well on ourselves?  How did our living today reflect our knowledge and faith?  Were we acting like wolves in a nurturing manner or were we acting like hateful, fearful animals who strike first and never show any sign of compassion or humanity?


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