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Sometimes we like to think of the animal kingdom as “all of those non speaking species we humans coexist with”…but a moment in this chapter really brought something home for me. Not that I didn’t know it already but the eyes say a lot.. and we all have em.
In this chapter on aggressive/confrontational eye contact this clip is mentioned: A man stares down a lion (somewhere in africa one assumes) and by gaze and posture alone, much is negotiated. At several points, the lion (whom we know as the one with the most advantage) breaks his own gaze to avoid conflict with the stranger. The action resonates throughout the chapter as the author and several interviewees discuss the nature of intimidation and how wars are won even before they begin.
In the chapter I covered yesterday (Notes from the Underground) the narrator laments his own unwillingness to endure prolonged eye contact. Most of us aren’t up to the task either, and his characters resigns to losing almost immediately. Every time.
Makes me wonder how often I’ve done this..