by: Larry Tyler
“The Wisdom of Wolves”
by: Twyman Towery
God created man to observe and pursue His ways. Not only has God provided man with His ways in writing, via the Bible, but for those with more of a child-like heart and curiosity God has planted His ways in nature in both the plant and animal kingdoms for us to discover and apply.
Too often in business settings, says the author, executives and employees work harder to one up each other, lie to one other and generally stab each other in the back. Looking into a wolf pack reveals a different image, picture and world than one typically hears about or imagines. Towery asks the question, “What could human organizations accomplish if they live by the principles that wolves live by?”
A great answer to this question is to look at Solomon in the Bible who has long been regarded as the world’s wisest and wealthiest man. Solomon studied, as a naturalist, both the plant and animal kingdoms to uncover the wisdom planted in both by God for practical use in his day to day leading and managing the nation of Israel. He discovered, as God hopes man in general will, that there is profound intelligence and knowledge (biomimicry) in our universe other than that of humans.
Towery states, “There are many reasons why people today are rediscovering the wonder ancient peoples felt toward wolves when they painted them on their stone walls so long ago just as there are many reasons why the wolf was chosen as the symbol of so many native American tribes.”
Today, the human social order seems to be falling apart, while the wolf family remains intact. Why is that? The wolf pack knows who they are – they exist for each other. Too often man believes that he is superior to larger needs to co-exist in unity with nature. Whether out of envy, fear, or ignorance, man has set out to destroy nature.
Towery’s use of quotes, stories and anecdotes represent certain basic truths of wolves that when practiced can help man travel the elusive, but timeless road to success and happiness: teamwork, patience, unity, through uniqueness, curiosity, attitude (what is the best for the pack) , failure, communication, perseverance, strategy, play, loyalty, change, death and survival (succession).