Locked Antlers of Pride


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“Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.” Proverbs 16:18-19


In a stand of black spruce 50 feet from the parking lot of the University of Alaska Anchorage Arts Building on Friday lay the evidence of a primal struggle to the death.

Two bull moose in rut had battled among the skinny trees, locked their antlers in a fatal tangle and afterward fell down to die.

A state biologist guessed the bulls had killed each other a week before or earlier. Their maggot-laden carcasses were not discovered until Friday morning.

The moose were on their sides and at a right angle to each other, but their heads were locked back to back. The face of the smaller of the two bulls was forced into the ground, while the other’s head was wrenched around to face the sky, its tongue hanging to the side.

Account by Peter Porco Anchorage Daily News September 25, 2004

How lethal our pride. How pernicious our superiority. How arrogant our patronizing. Instead, let us submit to the other, lest we each fall to our death.


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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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3 Responses to Locked Antlers of Pride

  1. Kevin Hopper says:

    Shirley! This thought can apply to so many different situations! It is thought provoking! There are times when we need to step back from the “battle” and say you know it is not worth raising a big fuss over this situation.

    Unfortunately many friendships are broken because people were locked into battle until it killed their relationship.

    It’s a pity.

  2. dean says:

    amen and amen

  3. Aisha Buxton says:

    Would you mind if I reprint this devotion in out church’s monthly bulletin? It’s a great, thought-provoking story. Thanks for sharing it and applying your thoughts to it.
    With Love.

    Hello, Aisha. Of course I don’t mind…honored that you ask. Kiss and hug everybody for Granny!

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