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How Nature Justifies Two Killings vs Human’s Self-Killing and Indiscriminate Warring

War is killing young men so old men can rule.

Annemarie Berukoff
4 min readMar 25, 2022


Yesterday, at early dusk, there were two killings on the farm. There were no tears or sad remembrances but some serious thoughts about the nature of necessary killing when evolution shows the wantonness and loss of war.

It started when a skunk killed a chicken and half devoured it.

Skunks are considered omnivores and will eat almost anything but prefer rodents, eggs, insects, worms and grubs which their well-muscled legs and sharp claws can quickly dig out of the ground. They have 34 teeth with 4 canines and a notorious damaging weapon with their noxious sulphuric spray. It is not common for a skunk to attack a chicken unless more hungry than careful. A chicken has no teeth but a sharp peak and claws. The killing is done by grabbing the chicken by the scrawny neck and ripping the throat open.

There must have been a struggle before that fatal bite as feathers were scattered everywhere. It was not a fair fight for the survival of one.

As it happened, the farmer was checking his herd when he saw the skunk run away to hide in a culvert where it was shot numerous times, blood splattering the white stripe. This skunk was an enemy that would return to kill again.

Two killings in one night. But can any killing be justified?

Nature kills with the will to survive in a living cycle.

Many times the stronger or bigger size have an advantage over a smaller, weaker or younger prey. The prey serves as food perhaps to feed a family and continue their species. The hunter himself becomes hunted in the cycle of life…although not so much for skunks whose only predator seems to be the Great Horned Owl.

Nature’s life cycle means there is a constant and ongoing exchange of elements not only between animals but also with air, water and plants. The necessity is for the ability for all living things to thrive and continuously renew itself.

Nature’s ecosystem is maintained through interconnections and relationships for protection and continuation of species.



Annemarie Berukoff

Retired teacher — Affiliate Marketer, Big Picture Wisdom, author 4 e-books: social media teens, eco-fiction ecology