Sociology Interaction: Wildlife

When a person is a child. The parents or care taker install certain skills that will help the child navigate the world. As these children get older, they start to accommodate themselves through choosing and selecting what will influence them. There is a theory called Tabula Rasa or Blank slate. That theorizes when an individual is born they do not posses mental or intellectual capabilities. Meaning that these skills are provided by those who care for the infant during the primary and secondary stages of socialization.

Primary socialization- this first stage is when a person is a baby. They are first molded to have social interaction with family members or close members to the family. During this stage the baby requires as much attention as possible.

Secondary socialization- Later on in childhood and adolescent. The child goes to school and interacts with non-family members. This stage children learn to conform.

The Tabula Rasa theory is not 100% accepted by many sociologist. This theory would be claimed as a nurture theory. Nature versus nurture; is the belief of either the pre-wiring and influenced by genetic inheritance and other biological factors. Nurture is the influence of external factors after conception, eg., the product of exposure and life experiences. Sociologist and biologist would consider a humans development to be a mix of biological and social influences. Human interaction is needed to learn skills and evolve.

What does this have to do with animals? Wildlife much like humans, interact with other species. Depending where they are in the food chain.

If you were to observe an elephant, you would see that the elephant nurturing their young is really no different than a human mother. Now, some people may say that humans are superior. For humans have: morality, values and laws. While that may be correct for a human. Things like; morality, values and laws are all manmade. Not nature made. Humans may live with advance goods and may use verbal language to communicate unlike animals. However, these abilites do not mean humans are superior. Only a bias reasoning confirmed by other humans. These kinds of reasonings have been the leading factor as to why humans have strayed from nature. Interacting with all kinds of wildlife animals may not be safe of course. If more people can understand how; the food chain benefits humans, how the ecosystem works and why biodiversity is important. Many people would be amaze and realize that humans are no different than the wildlife animals.

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