We tend to believe that we, humans, are at the top of the food chain. This “award” is sometimes tested in real life. When I go camping, I think that not me but the bear is at the top.

I certainly have no desire to eat a bear if I meet one in the forest; however, I cannot say the same about the bear. If that situation arose I would be extremely polite, greeting the bear like crazy: “Good morning, Mr. Bear. How are you today? Would you like your coffee with cream and honey, or just bear-black?” I would do everything possible to convince him that he was at the top of the food chain. Because who would eat a messenger bringing good news?

On the other hand, the bear might see our encounter as an opportunity to prove that he is the king. And by proving, I don’t mean just by claiming his power in bear language. I mean by taking action, like eating me. He might enjoy that moment, while I most certainly wouldn’t. Staying at the top of the food chain is a competitive sport.