I was reminiscing about life lesson I learned from watching eagles last year. I started watching the eagle cam when the eaglets hatched. I’ve read about eagle characteristics and their practices. I was a little horrified at first of the brutality that goes along with being an eagle.
The adult eagles do not intervene if a sibling decides to kill another sibling. If there is not enough food then someone goes hungry because they do not split the food in equal shares so all babies get fed. Truly when you are an eagle the fit survive and the weak die.
I stopped watching for a while because I did not want to witness the youngest eaglet die by starvation or be killed by its sibling. The last time I watched the two older siblings brutally peaked at the younger one and the mother did not even attempt to give it food. It only got food by grabbing it from another.
Even though I stopped watching for a while I did continue to think about the eagles and to read about them. You have to be tough if you are an eagle. If a young eaglet refuses to fly then the mother takes it upon her back and drops it a number of times to encourage it to fly and rescues it before it hits the ground. She takes it out and repeats the same process until the final flight. I’ve read the mother eagle will give a heart wrenching scream and drop her baby. If the eaglet does not take flight then it hits the ground and dies.
I tuned back in one week just to see how the eagles were doing. To my surprise the youngest eagle was the scrappiest. While the two older eaglets were content to be fed the youngest one already knew how to tear off meat and fed itself.
Still at the bottom of the peaking order it did not make him weak by any means. He was very ferocious at times and gave back any punishment he was given. I began thinking about how cruelty now turned into an advantage. It is a great lesson to ponder for humans.
We can let our circumstances over come us or we can over come our situations and be stronger because of it. It is also a good lesson on raising human children to lean on their own strengths instead of having everything handed to them. It is human nature to give our children and easy road because we love them. True love though is letting them face some hard times on their own and letting them survive them.