The Lysine Contingency

I should start by saying that I feel like I have written this post before and so I apologize for any redundancy from previous posts.  But I also feel that the points are worth making over and over again so humor me.

John Hammond, Dr. Satler, Muldoon and Jules Winnfield Ray are discussing what to do about the dinosaurs that have escaped when we first hear about the lysine contingency.  Have a look at the clip by following this link.

If you need further clarification on the lysine contingency check out this article from the Jurassic Park Wiki.  Also, just for the record, lysine looks something like this

And just in case you didn’t watch the clip or read the link, the lysine contingency is a plan that could have been put into action in order to kill off the dinosaurs in the park by withholding from them the amino acid lysine.  It is simple, the dinosaurs require lysine, they were engineered to not produce it themselves and so the park staff give it to them through their diet so that the dinosaurs can survive.

Here is where I make sieve-like analogies between Jurassic Park and being a man. Are you ready?

What is the one thing that you think is essential to you being a man?  It could actually be more than one thing but for the sake of the analogy let’s focus on one for now.  Is it acceptance?  Body image (strength, size, height, weight, good looks, etc)?  Wealth and/or status?  A specific material object?  A substance?  Is it your relationships with women?  Your sense of humor?  A specific ability?  It could be anything really.  What is the one thing that your view of being a man hinges upon?

We (including us administrators) often make the mistake of basing our view of what it means to be a man on superficialities like those listed above.  The world that we live in tells us that we have to think, act, look and hold values like others around us.  This leads many of us to base our ideas manliness on fleeting things that we have no control over.  This also makes for a very narrow definition of what it means to be a man.  This view says that if you cannot beat up another guy, have sex with numerous women, out drink everyone in the room, dress in the most stylish fashions, and act like you are completely independent from everyone else, then you are not really a “man’s man.”

We want to debunk that myth. We are getting our lysine from the wrong source.  We are relying on those controlling the world we live in to tell us what we need and what we don’t need and we are only accepting their rules instead of creating our own.  We need to stop being force fed by the people running society.  We need to be more like the T-Rex, as Dr. Grant states when a chained goat is offered to the king of the dinosaurs,

T-Rex doesn’t want to be fed, he wants to hunt.

Being a man is about living honestly, having a passion for something.  Realizing that we cannot do anything on our own.  Leading.  Bettering the world around us.  Improving ourselves daily.  It has nothing to do with the clothes we wear, the food we eat and the stuff we have.  These things can be fun and are not a problem as hobbies, pastimes, and interests (we write about them often) but when they become the foundation upon which our identity is built then there is most definitely a problem.

The attempt to control life in Jurassic Park failed miserably, just as Ian Malcolm predicted.  So must any attempt to control what it means to be a man fail.  It cannot be defined for us, we must define it for ourselves.  TTAF is not a site that exists to tell you that you must do X, Y, and Z in order to achieve the pinnacle of masculinity.  We exist to share our own experiences as men and to create a venue for you to do the same.  Hopefully we can learn from each other along the way.  You may enjoy hunting, bourbon, building things and sports or you may enjoy shopping,  red wine, cooking, and Glee.  Neither one makes you any more or less of a man and I mean that with one hundred percent authenticity.  We have to break the mould and start thinking about manliness in different terms.

So we are left with two options.  We can be force fed lysine from those controlling the society we live in.  Or we can go rogue, break out of the pens we are living in and hunt, live as we were created to live and destroy a Caribbean island and eat people define for ourselves what it means to be a man.  Let’s choose to define ourselves and what it means for us to be men and lets do it together, learning from one another as we go.


Thanks for reading the site this week.  Jurassic Park week is almost over but make sure you check back with us over the weekend and also join us as we go back to a normal week starting Monday.

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One Comment on “The Lysine Contingency”

  1. Justin Haynes
    June 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    I totally agree!

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