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The Genius of Instinct: Reclaim Mother Nature’s Tools for Enhancing Your Health, Happiness, Family, and Work by Dr. Hendrie Weisinger

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9. Developing the Future

Your Evolutionary Heritage

A wolf stands over a frozen bird and begins eating it while his litter mate watches hungrily. Then, when he has eaten more than half the bird, he rises, carries the carcass and lays it a foot from his sister’s nose. He then waits beside it as she delicately takes it. Later in the week, the same wolf carries a fresh-killed hare in his mouth for more than two miles to feed his sick brother.

Care-giving behavior comes in many forms, like the preceding illustrations of bonds of allegiance. It includes nurturing, providing safety and security, and being responsive to the needs of others, especially the young. Its function as an evolutionary tool is that providing care to others, especially ...

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