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Man’s Best Friend

“The Wild still lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept”
— Jack London

White Fang was born in the wild, half-wolf half-dog. The novel chronicles his life from shortly before his birth to the eventual conclusion of the story. The beautiful setting of the Yukon creates a stark contrast with the unforgiving realities of life in the wild. The struggle for existence and the survival of the fittest is very real.

That aphorism is used to build up to the hypothesis that as we progress and evolve, we must move from nature to civilization. The civilizing effects of society and the abundance brought on by discovery and invention helps mitigate and keep in check our most basic instincts. Preventing a dog-eat-dog world is fundamental to progression and advancement.

There is something about people who decide to take the road less travelled and chart their own way in life. Living life as it comes to them, making the best of whatever situation they find themselves in, and using that to fuel the fire of inspiration. Jack London’s White Fang reflects the depths of the living condition.