b) Lions, tigers and bears …

… raise their own young.

They don’t leave it to the police and courts to do it for them.

Mammals include all creatures that have four legs, hair and breasts, and that bear live young (as opposed to laying eggs).  Human beings are mammals, too, and have a lot in common with all other mammals.  As contrasted with reptiles and fish, God gave us different equipment — the “mammalian brain,” capable of higher emotions like love and hope, and of higher thinking, like solving problems and creating tools.  God also gave us other responsibilities, like raising our young.

Birds don’t bear live young, but they still raise their children, and both parents are fully involved every step of the way.  Once the wife lays the eggs, she has to sit on them for several weeks, keeping them warm so the babies can develop inside.  In this time, she can’t go find food for herself, so the husband stays busy (1) finding it and bringing it to her, and (2) keeping enemies away from the nest.

Once the babies hatch, husband and wife both constantly find food for the babies as well as themselves.

Here are cardinals feeding their young:

When the children are old enough, the father and mother teach them how to fly, and how to find food for themselves.

Mama wolf begins by nursing her babies.  As time goes by, she teaches them how to hunt.  She constantly keeps them safe from danger.

Mammals have a sense of justice.  Dogs who see people snub their owners, will snub the snubber:

Dogs snub people who are mean to their owners: study

Mammals teach their children how to behave.  This video appears many places online, entitled, “Older sibling tries to harass baby gorilla, gets a taste of his own medicine.”  Comment is from a previous post with that same title.

Appeals to authority, parental intervention, and a sense of justice exist across species — at least, among mammals.

Caring extends beyond species.  Here a dog who sees a catfight brewing, steps in like a parent to remove his friend from the situation:

Even mouse daddies play with their children:

With exposure to babies, rodent dads’ brains, like moms’, become wired for nurture

The currently most popular theory of parenting says there are four different parenting styles: permissive, authoritative, authoritarian and uninvolved.  The uninvolved parenting style, I call “reptilian.”

From a previous post:

Parenting.  Mammals and birds care for their young.  Reptiles don’t.

Mama sea turtle crawls up on the beach, digs a hole in the sand, deposits 100 eggs, covers them up and leaves forever.  At the right time, the eggs all hatch, and the hatchlings’ first task is a mad scramble to get into the water without becoming seagulls’ snacks.

They have to fend for themselves.

Joshua T. Dickerson’s poem, “‘Cause I ain’t got a pencil,” gives voice to a child of reptilian parents.

Reptilian parents lay tremendous disadvantages on their children.  My father and mother taught me the essentials for life in the mainstream — to be honest, diligent, responsible, reliable and cooperative.  Reptilian parents don’t teach their children how to behave; they don’t teach them anything at all.  The page, “What Wikipedia thinks,” below, shows how uninvolved parents predispose their children to lives of difficulty, poverty and crime.

These children often result from unintended pregnancy.  They’re unwanted.  That happens when you have raw sex with someone you don’t want to marry.

Two ways:  mammalian or reptilian.  Your choice.

The mammalian way is better.