And other tokens of Upbeat Acknowledgement for Us Rhinos.
And Thanks for anything you can think of to help out with the ‘Rhino Situation’, which frankly could us some Improvement.
Almost every Rhino Decision, be it simple or complex, requires some internal tweaking, some negotiation on intentions and limitations. These alterations are accomplished by a rough-and-tumble committee: Aggression, Regression, and Digression, the temperamental offspring of Progression.
Most conclusions involve contributions from each camp, softening or hyping or toning along the way. It’s not a pretty business, but somebody’s got to do it. Some decisions take an instant, others take years.
When nothing seems to be moving in any direction at all, We call it a Depression. And then We lurch into another Internal Wrangle.
(Rhinos try to avoid name-calling, though sometimes that is half the fun!)
At YIR We are NOT trying to show you what you see on television. TV is trying to inform the viewer about “Them”, those Rhinoceroses, sticking closely to a handful of Facts. It speaks of respect, but also careful distancing, a system for studying rocks, but not the Living. Being alive is not like Not being alive.
Rhinos are keenly aware that We get Stimulated. We are not afraid of our potential for Passion. We embrace it, We celebrate it. What is the point of having so many Selves if We don’t let them wrangle things out among themselves?
Right, Good Question.
The Rhino Reputation for Insights and Mental Gymnastics is part of Nature’s endowment, and We are used to it. Other critters might preen, but We try to accept our Gifts with good grace. Humble, that’s Us.
There are some issues with having these Thoughts and Perceptions, especially because We have so many on any given day.
Rhinos don’t feel good about losing our Wits, but it does happen. We prefer to think of them as Misplaced- if only momentarily.
We Rhinos must face the fact that our ideas of what should happen are often thwarted. Apparently, no matter how brilliant our concepts, Nature takes no notice whatever.
While longterm Rhino experience may suggest the futility of getting too worked up, We still must cope with our own Frustrations.
No Critter likes Disappointment. Ask Anybody.
As the years roll by, Rhinos sometimes like to recollect what happened “back then”, more or less. Romance and nostalgia tint our collective Rhino Memoirs. Facts are open to Interpretation, recalled or not as the case may require. What set of narrative ideas can resist improvement?
We would like to point out that the Bygone Days actually start Yesterday.
The popular perception of Rhinos as Exceptional and Daunting is exciting for those who see Us that way. Heaven knows, Rhinos ourselves like a thrill now and then.
But what We are reminded about from infancy is that other folks’ opinions, while stimulating, don’t mean much. A fickle crew, the Public.
What Rhinos require is to impress ourselves. Daily.
Upbringing has many results, but one of them is all the Rules, Shoulds, and Musts with which We are peppered from the get-go. Many of these Restraints are to keep Us from going Haywire.
Clearly, Rhinos are capable of Big Passions, or the Rules would be unneeded. And Passions are aroused with fearsome speed; Blink and We are in a Titanic Temper.
Thus We Rhinos must deal with Internal Confrontations; the urges to respond Naturally as Vigorous Critters, or to recall our Control Systems. We get all snarled up inside. Frankly, it doesn’t seem quite fair.