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The majority who reads the title of the text is probably wondering what is the connection between the wolves pack and the mediation? For those who know little about this animal, we will outline some interesting facts. Wolves mostly live in a pack that makes up about 20 individuals. They represent a very organized community, which is why they are very old animals today. Pack is led by an Alpha male and an Alpha female who arranges and runs all of them. The task of other males is finding food, hunting and safe keeping the pack. The newborn wolf keeps the mother while the other females keep the litter, they bring food. During the day they cross 35 kilometers.

They move organized. At the beginning of the column are the oldest members of the pack and they make to the rest of the society path for movement through the wilderness. If it happens that some of the oldest members are attacked during the trip, they sacrifice himself for the benefit of the younger members of the pack. Behind are five of the strongest and youngest members who make up some sort of scout. In the middle of the column are females and at the end five of the strongest wolves who keep near the column.

Among the wolves one member is in charge of teaching the younger skills needed for survival. Like any organization that makes up more individuals, it happens that there is disagreement and conflict. In order to survive as a community, it is necessary to preserve peace. If two or more members are in the conflict clash one is in charge of establishing peace and order. This is done by stopping the conflict and by the reconciliation of members who are in conflict. The human eye, when looking at the process of reconciliation of peacekeepers, observes it in a kind of ritual, visiting one side and the other, trying to calm them down.

I highly recommend numerous documentaries on wolves recorded by National Geography. There are also packets of wolves living in isolated conditions and kept by people. Numerous examples of artificial packs in the Nordic countries and America. Expeditions are being expedited to accompany this fascinating animal and under natural conditions by recording the way of their lives in order to be protected from oblivion. Because they are special, they are characterized by their commitment to the group – pack, loyalty collectivism, love. There was also a case of a pack that was left without an Alpha female. The rest of the packets died from sorrow. Wolves are very sensitive animals. There is no case of attacking people unless they are ill. They are very shy, scared and alive retreated. Thanks to the fascinating organization, wolves like race exist for a very long time.
The functionality of the pack and the role of each member is important for its survival. The central figure in preserving the order of this animal organization are the wolves who are in charge of the peace and order of so-called Peacekeepers in the pack.

Let’s also point out that there is a line of breeds that is a very close relative of wolves, the so-called primitive breeds that are genetically very similar to wolves but dumb and adapted for life with humans.

As one of the species of the German shepherd, who has a working dog, there is about 40% of the wolf’s DNA. It is characterized by the impeccable organization of the day, working habits that are adopted as puppets, are very attached to the owner, protect their territory and are very devoted. If they notice that a member of their human family is sad or in a bad mood, they make every effort to make them laugh and return to a state of calm. Science and practice has shown that dogs have a very positive impact on the psycho-physical condition of a man.

In the context of mediation, we come to the conclusion that there are examples of conflict resolution in the animal world. Wolves are considered one of the most organized animal societies. Thanks to the peace-building process when there is a dis-balance of the role of the wolf peacemaker  it is multifaceted.

Not only he makes a peace but he makes the community compact and therefore strong. We emphasize the importance of unity in the wild and the hostility living conditions, so the group’s compactness is directly related to its survival.

Peacekeepers are mediators among people. When we have situation that Homo homini lupus es (Man is a man’s wolf) , the mediator is a Wolf Peacemaker to individuals and groups in a human society with an important mission of establishing peace and survival.

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6 Responses

  1. Yes, the good Shepherd to protect the sheep under his care from the pack of wolves are the Mediators…..

    1. Dear Antony,
      The German shepherd has 40% of the wolf’s DNA. Not to mention a Wolf dog who has greater genetic similarity with wolves. These are the breeds of dogs with which a human have fantastic relationships. German Shepherd is a working dog most often used by the military and police famous K9 dogs. Border Koli is an excellent shepherd guard. However, what is the point that the organization of a wolf pack is excellent for each member to have his duties and we have separated the wolf whose task is to preserve the order in the community so it is called a peacemaker. And that we have examples of mediation in the animal world. As far as sheep are concerned, wolves are predators that hunt in order to survive. To great sadness, they are usually sheep or other wild animals. A wolf never kills for fun except when they are hungry. There are predators who hunt when they are not hungry. Serbia has an autochthonous race of dogs Sarplaninac that keeps sheep from wolves and a rare race that goes directly to defense and attacks wolves.
      Kristina

  2. Dear Kristina,

    Great to know about Serbian dogs Sarplaninac , and good comparisons as to the real world scenario….and excellent connect to Mediators…

    Regards,
    Krusch Antony

  3. Great article — love all the research about the clever strategic operations of the wolf. It’s a great reminder of how key it is to get conscious to the underlying protection strategies of others as a way into helping them resolve their conflicts.
    Thanks for this!

  4. Dear Kristina,

    An excellent article that gave us an insight of how the Pack is such an extremely effective and well balanced organized society of the same species whereby they have their respective roles and responsibility as part of their community. The relevance you have pointed out as its similarities to that of the peacemakers in our human society, that of mediators’ role as resolving conflict within the community similar to that ritual you described in your article whereby the reconciliation process being observed by the human eye whilst the peacemakers was doing its role of facilitating calm and resolution by visiting one group or one in conflict and then going to the other side until the heat or conflict is resolved. As I was reading your article, it comes to mind many of the shuttle mediations I have to do when parties just simply refuse to be in the same room or even speak at all to the other person or group in conflict. It is one type of mediation that is so tiring and even frustrating to facilitate but sometimes is necessary when the fear of the other is genuine. With perseverance, patience, and further conflict coaching and conflict resolution skills, I try my best to convert these “shuttle” mediations into a face-to-face mediation as that is when an effective compromised agreement can be surely thoroughly negotiated by the parties themselves. Thank you so much for a very interesting article and that gave me an insight into the lives of the Pack of Wolves and how organized they are with respect to all aspect of how best survival and harmony can exist within and between all of them and their environment as well.

  5. Dear Josephine,
    Thanks for the wonderful observation. Nature is the best teacher.
    There are many valuable examples that help us understand the world in a better way.
    Ecologism as a contemporary political ideology and Buddhism, the ancient religion (whose principles are the foundations of Ecologism), returns us to nature. The concept of thinking that creates a harmonious connection between man and nature. Wolves are just one of many examples.

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