This charming photograph from Reuters shows a white Bengal tiger carrying one of its cubs. The cub dangles without demur as the mother holds the cub securely in her giant jaws but not so that it is hurt in anyway. The mother, in normal circumstances, will care for its young and feed and defend them until they reach an age where they can leave her and care for themselves.
The close, caring bond between mothers and their offspring is fairly universal. I suppose it's nature's way of perpetuating each one of the species. Most human females care for their young as well although, unlike the tiger, the standard of care can vary. And one day the human child (with or without some level of maturity) leaves home and sets up a relationship elsewhere and, in ninety percent of situations, the replication of the species goes on.
What intrigues me is the transition between the deep love and caring that most humans generally receive and what so many of them do once they are fully grown. I offer the following partial list: incest, rape, murder, love of violence, greed, exploitation, sexual deviation, selfishness, fraud, infidelity, drug abuse, cruelty, lovelessness, etc.
For many humans, there seems to be a huge, rather incomprehensible disconnect between the positive, generous nurturing received while young and the adult outcome.
War and Capitalism exemplify this perfectly. Why do most humans adjust so easily to things which seem to be largely at odds with their love-filled upbringing? Why do people who experienced love go out and happily kill others? Why do people who experienced generosity and caring become enthusiastic disciples of greed?