May 3rd, 2008

Freeze!

People frequently speak of "fight or flight" as if that covered the field of natural responses to danger.  But what about "freeze"? 

The deer in the headlights, the possum facing a predator, just become perfectly still.

Freezing doesn't always work.  Neither does fight, neither does flight.  But each has its moments of success.

Fight and flight
are both all right.
Each sometimes saves the day.

But many find freezing
equally pleasing
and manage to stay alive that way.