57B13C9C-4E5E-48AA-AFE1-99A4022F1559via Daily Prompt: Tame

The word tame causes me to think of a domesticated animal. Of a horse pulling a plough for example. Tame indicates a certain degree of docility or placidness, accepting responsibility and doing what has to be done, regardless if the task is what the individual wants to do.

If a horse had a choice, I’m sure it would not choose to be harnessed to a plough and pull it in lines through a field all day. The horse would far rather be in a very large field with a number of other horses eating and socializing with the other horses. But the horse is tamed, so accepts the collar without protest and cooperates with the farmer and pulls the plough around the field all day.

We humans are tame, for the most part.  We follow the rules of the society we live in and try not to frighten others. Being polite and respectful of others and their beliefs and cultures is considered to be a desirable trait in western society.  People want to feel valued and useful to others in some manner.

The opposite of tame is wild. A wild horse will not permit a person near and when captured will oppose the human attempting to force it into doing something against the horse’s very instinct of survival.

A wild person will flaunt the accepted morals of the society they live in. They will behave in ways other people disapprove of. They might rebel by dressing in a manner considered inappropriate. Or they might behave in ways considered anti-social. They act as if they don’t care about what others think and perhaps they truly don’t care. But even wild humans are social, so the wild ones form their own sub-culture inside the culture they find themselves for acceptance and a feeling of belonging.

Even plants can be wild or tame. The tame plants are those that have been cultivated for many years for characteristics humans have deemed desirable. The best example would be cash crops like wheat, oats, barley and rice but also includes many herbs, spices, flowers and trees. The tame plants grow in a predictable manner and have a higher yield of some characteristic. Wild plants grow wherever they like in places people don’t want them. They could be weeds. They don’t produce anything in any great amount that people desire or perhaps their useful feature to humans is so low that only the very dedicated or very desperate people will find them useful in some way.

There is no absolute degree of tameness or wildness. There might be days when an individual feels a little rebellious against the constraints of society, so they might be inclined to “ kick over the traces”, whereas a plough horse might do that literally with varying degrees of disasterousness depending upon how vigorously the traces are kicked over.