CWR Blog: Baby Bison and the Danger of "Misplaced Concern"

As the emotional trumps the rational, people increasingly act on sentiment and subjective desires, often making bad situations even worse.

By Carrie Gress, Ph.D.

On May 9th at Yellowstone National Park, a bison calf was euthanized. The reason? A tourist, concerned about the welfare of the calf in the cold temperatures, had put it in her SUV. The calf was later rejected by its mother after repeated attempts to return it to the herd.

What is fascinating about this story is that our culture is awash in folks who do things because of “misplaced concern”. And while the results are not usually as dramatic as the rejection of a calf by a bison herd, they sometimes are deeply destructive, even if the destruction and damage are not immediately obvious.

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Posted on May 20, 2016 .