Thursday, April 23, 2009

Pack Mentality

I had an interesting conversation the other day about the validity of the pack mentality that is portrayed in the Twilight books. More specifically if the "beta" in the pack can just suddenly decide to break away into his own pack and become an "alpha".

We after extensive research (or a quick search on wikipedia), I've discovered that no, an alpha cannot just break away. One must challenge the alpha for his position and fight for it - often to the death.

But then my conversation turned interesting. We discussed how Jesus is the Alpha and when we decide to follow him we become part of his pack but some of us believe (sorry my Baptist friends) that in this situation you can decide to break away and follow another alpha or be your own alpha. In other words, once you're in the pack you don't have to stay in the pack.

To confuse things even more Jesus is also the Omega or the bottom of the food chain. He has a servants heart so much that he did die. So what does it mean to follow someone who is the strongest and most powerful but also the weakest in the food chain.

While it is totally my own made up analogy (Jesus was using Greek terms not canine) I think that while Jesus is the Omega in an earthly sense (ie not out for power the way we define it) he is also the Alpha in a spiritual sense (ie he definitely is at the top of the spiritual food chain).

So anyway, I'm glad to be part of such a strange and wonderful pack AND one that is abnormal from a canine pack. In my pack we all get to eat and free will abounds.

Tune in next time to discover the next supernatural creature that I'll relate to God. I've discusses zombies and werewolf (ala Twilight).


Until Everyone Hears,


Turff said...

Nice. The pack/alpha/backsliding argument is REALLY interesting. A couple of thoughts to add to it...

One, in packs, it may be that you can't "alpha (betize?)" yourself without fighting the current alpha, but that doesn't keep the betas (and gammas) from running around grumbling about the alpha they chose. In the same way, we often choose to continue following Jesus even as we wish we could "follow ourselves" on one issue or another. Grumbling ain't the same as leaving, though.

B, was Jacob fighting to be his own alpha in Genesis 32? If so, like many to challenge Jesus since then, he walked away with a limp...

Terri Abraham said...

Considering I haven't seen the movie and that I tend to move from pack to pack, not sure I should be commenting but, when did that stop me before?

Of course you can leave the pack - isn't that what Judas did?

If Jesus is the Alpha, it seems there are many Beta turf battles between "faithful followers." Can you follow the Alpha and be your own Beta? How does one fit in the pack and who determines that?

Maybe the leader who is also the servant provides that answer. If Jesus is the low-man on the totem pole, then doesn't that provide for the direct relationship with even little ol' me? This is a tricky relationship because it is a dangerous and deceptive ego that we have. Which is maybe the purpose of the pack - to keep us in line...

Anonymous said...

I think that, as the Dog Whisperer likes to say, you are confusing human and animal psychology.

Not only don't I think that human packs behave like animal packs, I think that my pack of cats behaves much differently than my mixed pack of cats/dogs, than a pure pack of dogs. They all have subtle differences.

I think a great movie reference for how to unsettle a human pack and unseat the pack leader is Mean Girls. A lot to be learned there, particularly about sliming/discrediting the alpha to knock them out of the leadership position. You see this happening in politics a lot. It probably happened to Jesus, too.


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