So, I went looking for the relationship, phylogenetic, between the predatory birds and those who mostly scavenge dead stuff, trying to marry the “scientific” taxonomy, the phylogenetic one, to the functional one, i.e., the niche that each group occupies in its ecosystem because, well, duh, that kind of matters a whole lot more than who is related to whom, but since I always kind of had a non-taxonomic bias against a really nice woman, a taxonomist, it was hard to just accept my own personal version of what matters, and so in terms of the legend of the eagle and the condor, WTF, ya know?
I’m weird that way.
But it seems there's mostly convergent stuff going on here, niche specialization, more so than a genetic thing, or phylogenetic, not too awful much geographic influence there, at least in terms of those general types of birds.
It's way more a functional thing, for sure.
But in terms of trying to show respect for the way over mine knowledge base in exactIy that old material being taught by that really nice woman, well, I don’t much have a problem with that stuff any longer, and it’s not a matter of #nofucksgiven, it’s a matter of one or two of them given, bunches, the very nice woman’s worldview not one of them, at all.
At any rate.
So, I try to say, okay yeah, how are these two speices related, and then quickly have to jump to groups, and the answer is that they’re both freaking birds, but beyond that, one is a top predator, keen sighted, few and far between. The other a scavenger, one that cleans up.
Well, f*ck that, at least in terms of all the metaphorical relationships I've heard. Hard, cruel, and not in a a nice way. No, f*ck that.
It’s a freaking legend, of a people. There are lots of them.
Metaphorical? Far out. Science and Not Science? Well, super far out. White western culture and not? Well, duh. This is kind of the problem of the white western culture, it thinks it's a freaking eagle.
Heck, when it comes down to it, Condor will feed on Eagle’s dead body some day.