As if this were a good thing, a group of scientists announced that the great white shark — the ruthless killing machine of “Jaws” — is making a comeback. Some 2,000 are in East Coast waters, feasting off the gray seal, another animal also thought to have been long gone. And it’s not only great whites; populations of tiger sharks, porbeagles, and others are mounting.
Meanwhile, turkeys roam Brookline’s backyards in gangs, like teen toughs from the 1950s, puffed up and strutting. Winchester residents say they’ve seen a mountain lion, while bears now wander into suburban backyards.
Lions and tiger sharks and bears, oh my.
What ever happened to humankind’s dominion over the earth? I thought the whole point of civilization was to get rid of the things that hurt, frightened, annoyed, or just creeped us out. Cage the lions, get rid of bats, spray mosquitoes, and swat spiders. Are we sliding backwards, losing our nerve: from “veni, vidi, vici” to “hic sunt dracones”?
Or are we just growing up?
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