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Stalking

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In most cases today, in the animal kingdom, though rarely among humans, stalking is still a natural and expected part of life. Its defining characteristics are a necessary part of staying alive and thriving for those creatures living in the wild without benefit of a guaranteed food source. Stalking by humans for food prey is, in some parts of world, still practiced for sustenance or for sport. Stalking by humans of other humans is an unnecessary and despicable behavior  with no redeeming characteristics. There is no positive outcome to purposeful and unremitting stalking and persons who are aware of being stalked need and should have help to frustrate the stalker and to hold that person accountable for their actions. Stalking during a time of war is an equally reprehensible behavior since there is really no such thing as a righteous war or other comprehensive conflict. Stalking is so pernicious because it dehumanizes the person being stalked and compels them to believe they are merely an object, not a person with self-will and the right to live as they choose and without fear and constant apprehension.  Once a person has succumbed to the self-doubt engendered by the stalking and the stalker it becomes increasingly difficult to do anything about it or to reach out for help. It is of the utmost importance to tell the authorities, or at least someone, the moment you suspect stalking behavior. This will help you to maintain your sense of self and protect you. Isn’t asking for help early a better option than waiting too long for any help at all?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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