Don Cheadle learns that his ancestors were owned as slaves by the Chickasaw Nation and that after the end of the Civil War the five ‘Civilized Nations’ refused to liberate their slaves. Further more, after the Chickasaw agreed to liberate their slaves they didn’t offer them citizenship.
It seems that the ancient Romans were right when they said that ‘homo homini lupus’ – men act like wolves do towards other people.
Only his can be interpreted in two apparently conflicting ways.
Man predates on other people or
Man helps his mates, just as wolves do.
In reality both interpretations are valid simultaneously.
Men coagulate into packs, just like wolves do, and then go prey on other human packs, called ‘herds’ by the ‘hunters’. Somewhat similar to what wolves do, only that wolves do not prey on members of their own species.
And something else. Wolves do this mostly by instinct and on a ‘need to do’ basis. We do it knowingly and because we feel there’s something wrong in there we have to find ‘excuses’ for our acts. Some of us almost never fail to come up with new ones.
‘Ideology’ being just one of the many currently available.
Or we may choose to act the better side of ourselves.
.Other quite interesting ideas on this subject can be found here: