Recently I witnessed a blue jay commit an act of premeditated murder of a starling. The incident raises the age-old question: Is the fault in our stars, or in ourselves, in evolution or in the human mind?
Shakespeare was certain. In a line from the play “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar,” the character Cassius says: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.”
When blue jays, or, closer to home, our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, chimpanzees, commit premeditated murder, one is compelled to ask: Is man the maker of evil, or is evolution partly responsible?
Here’s what I witnessed. During the rainy season the creek that runs through town becomes a torrent of small whitecaps. A group of