President Kikwete of Tanzania has announced that thousands of Massai are to be evicted from their land in order to create a game(lion) hunting reserve for wealthy tourists.
These proud and wonderful people have lived on the Mara for thousands of years, peacefully and in harmony with their environment. They are of great importance to anthropologists, their way of life must be preserved.
Do you understand why some men feel that they need to shoot magnificent animals from afar with a very powerful rifle? It isn't brave, it isn't clever, it isn't necessary, so why do they do it?
My personal opinion as a BSc psychologist is that these men are so innadequate and feeble in the world of men that killing a ferocious animal makes them feel a hero, they are disillusioned that others are impressed by them. The lion trophy hunters are all very rich, but trophy hunters exist in all classes, some hunt badgers, others foxes, the psychology still applies.
Are we still that primitive that some of us have the primeval urge to be blooded by our kill? Why hasn't the human race realised yet that our planet is dying on it's feet due to our mismanagement of it's wonderful resources.
I am saddened on a daily basis by the behaviour of humans, so much so that I now no longer consider myself a member of that primitive simian species.