Tuesday 6 December 2016

We're like a pack of flighty zebras

Published 15/05/2010 | 05:00

ARCHBISHOP Diarmuid Martin deserves much praise for challenging the 'dark forces' that operate in this society. But the idea that we should expect figures in the church to bear the burden of responsibility for our failures as a people would be a profound act of cowardly denial.

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Biologist Richard Dawkins described in his book, 'The Ancestors Tale', how some species of animal are more amenable to control than others. He pointed out that zebras, for example, have never been domesticated by man.

The reason is that these creatures are notoriously flighty. Dawkins tells us that this natural anxiety developed due to the simple dynamic that exists between zebras and the lions that have preyed on them on the African Savannah for many thousands of years.

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