Click here to see the photo with Obama and Putin along with the article entitled, This awkward photo of Obama and Putin locking eyes at the UN speaks volumes, Updated by Max Fisher (Vox World). What you see here is the American Bald Eagle facing the Russian Brown Bear. Read the narrative of the article, then also consider the next few paragrahs in assessing U.S. and Russian current relations. To set the tone, America’s symbol is the Bald Eagle, while Russia’s symbol being the Brown Bear.
With so many troubling events with Syria, ISIS and Ukraine, where are we going and who exactly is our foe? How do we confront what opposes us without ineptness and knowledge of who we are and who and what represents us and who they are and what represents them? Think on this symbolism, the eagle and the bear and configure possible solutions for compromise for worldwide unity.
Eagles (as presented on the Wikipedia website) are large, powerfully built birds to of prey, with a heavy head and beak. Even the smallest eagles, like the booted eagle (Aquila pennata) (which is comparable in size to a common buzzard (Buteo buteo) or red-tailed hawk (B. jamaicensis)), have relatively longer and more evenly broad wings, and more direct, faster flight – despite the reduced size of aerodynamic feathers. Most eagles are larger than any other raptors apart from some vultures. Eagles’ eyes are extremely powerful, having up to 3.6 times human acuity for the martial eagle, which enables them to spot potential prey from a very long distance. This keen eyesight is primarily attributed to their extremely large pupils which ensure minimal diffraction (scattering) of the incoming light. The female of all known species of eagles is larger than the male.
According to Wikipedia, the bald eagle is noted for having flown with the heaviest load verified to be carried by any flying bird, since one eagle flew with a 6.8 kg (15 lb) mule deer fawn. They have at least one singular characteristic. It has been observed that most birds of prey look back over their shoulders before striking prey (or shortly thereafter); predation is after all a two-edged sword. All hawks seem to have this habit, from the smallest kestrel to the largest Ferruginous – but not the Eagles.
Further, Wikipedia states that the brown bear (Ursus arctos) is a large bear distributed across much of northern Eurasia and North America and (with the polar bear) is the largest land-based predator on earth. While the brown bear’s range has shrunk and it has faced local extinctions, it remains listed as a least concern species by the IUCN with a total population of approximately 200,000. The brown bear’s principal range includes parts of Russia, India, China, Canada, the United States (mostly Alaska), Scandinavia and the Carpathian region (especially Romania). The brown bear is recognized as a national and state animal in several European countries. It is the most widely distributed of all bears. The brown bear occurs in Iran, Iraq and Turkey. At least 20-30 were present in northern Iran a few years ago.
Although the brown bear is primarily nocturnal, it is frequently seen in morning and early evening hours. In summer through autumn, it can double its weight, gaining up to 180 kg (400 lb) of fat, on which it relies to make it through winter, when it becomes very lethargic. Although they are not full hibernators and can be woken easily, both sexes like to den in a protected spot, such as a cave, crevice, or hollow log, during the winter months. Brown bears are mostly solitary, although they may gather in large numbers at major food sources (e.g., moth colonies, open garbage dumps or rivers holding spawning salmon) and form social hierarchies based on age and size. Adult male bears are particularly aggressive and are avoided by adolescent and sub adult males. Female bears with cubs rival adult males in aggression, and are more intolerant of other bears than single females.
Based on symbol-isms one can begin to assess and compare American culture/mentality to Russian culture/mentality. Basically it shows we are all animals in a society where only the strong survives, ultimately in our barbaric ways, we appear to want it to be that, “only the strong survives” which illustrates that man’s evolution has been limited.