March 10, 2010

Hyenas Will Take Anything

4046054583_37d9d6b6e1 Except for the aardwolf, all living hyena species are hunters and scavengers.

Scavenger - an organism that typically feeds on refuse or carrion.  Basically, animals that eat dead animals that they did not kill themselves or a person who collects things discarded by others

A Predator - One that victimizes, plunders, or destroys, especially for one's own gain.

Would you consider yourself a Hyena?  Simple enough question.  There are Hyena’s among us. We don’t notice because they fit into our ecosystem, they play a role.

Who am I calling hyenas?  People who make a habit out of predatorily scavenging others.  It happen in every aspects of life.  Take style for example, if you not creating, you’re borrowing.  Your “style” or “swag” consist of the remains of others.  I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, please remember that.  But if you are seeing someone else with it and thinking you can rock it then you are scavenging.  Maybe you don’t take everything and only use bits and pieces to make your own unique flavor but the fact still remains you are not really the creator, you are modifying.  It’s like a music producer who samples music, while it’s nice and all but you should never be compared to Mozart.

Another example of predatory scavenging is intellectual properties and ideas.  Hyenas are the people who take and run with other people’s ideas without notice.  They are good a doing what someone else has already done.  Not always bad thing, because things can be improved upon.  But can be illegal in business.  It’s just the nature of those animals.  They see something that someone else has or is doing and want it.  We all know people like that or we ourselves may be like.  Usually subconsciously of course.  It’s nice having followers sometimes but it’s extremely annoying when credit isn’t always given.  No one works for free all the time.  Very common preying ground is the work place.  And another often overlooked place is your circle of friends.  For example, you mention to friend you want to go Mexico, a dream of yours and then later the friend comes subliminally bragging that they have trip to Mexico, clearly booked after talking to you and doesn’t include you.  They don’t mean harm they are just doing what comes natural to them.  Or you introduce someone to an activity like crossbow shooting, you bring them along and the next thing you know they claimed it as their own thing, you don’t get invites when they go out and when side by side you are never given credit for getting them started.  Also say they noticed you changed your place up, maybe brought something new, or started using a new technology then suddenly you notice they doing the same thing you doing – but this is what makes them hyenas, not just the copying, they do it like it was all them – no thought of they are not original and taking from another’s shine.  That’s the behavior. They don’t ask, inform, not a small instant message, or nothing.  Suddenly they doing the same thing you doing, but with their own name on it.

Everyone has different personalities.  Some are invertors, ground breakers, risk takers; while others are good at adopting and taking.  There is nothing wrong with sharing, that’s why I said it’s not a bad thing.  If something is good it should be shared and enjoyed.  But hyenas should never be compared to gazelles or lions because they are predatory opportunist and thus not the same.

“Biters, remember where you heard it first”

1 comment:

  1. not getting invited to crossbow shooting events is the worst!