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When The Jackals Come Out At Night

Updated on October 15, 2013

Take a Peek Outside Your Fortress

Slide the curtain apart just enough so you can see outside. Are they out there? They are probably in the shadows; they always seem to be just outside the periphery of our sight. Can you see their eyes reflecting the moonlight? The yellow orbs, twin beacons of misery, shining from those same shadows; can you see them?

Can you smell the blood? Can you smell the coppery scent? Can you see the blood of their latest victims dripping from their teeth?

How do you feel when you see them? Admit it; you feel relief mixed with fear, right? Relief and gratitude that you are not their latest victim and yes, there is always fear. Do you feel it now?

Don’t you dare open that door. I don’t care if you can see them or not; they are out there. They are always out there, and all of your prayers and incantations will not make them disappear. You can pray to whichever god you choose, you can light candles and chant, and you can double and triple lock your doors, but they will still be there waiting for you and others like you. They always have been and they always will be.

Sunrise will be here soon, and with it we will all release a sigh of relief. We made it through another night. We heard the sirens in the distance. We might have even heard the screams and the weeping, but sunlight is now here and it is all, once again, forgotten.

It is daylight now. Wrap up your young ones, paint that smile on your face, and go out into the world, for all is well, right? The jackals have gone back to the darkness for another day. Hurry now; so much to do and darkness will return. It always returns…..hurry!

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The Words of the Jackal

Can you hear them? Listen closely to their whispered voices out there in the dark

“He isn’t like us; don’t associate with people of his kind. They breed like rabbits and they are unclean. Stay away from them, now!”

What a goddamn pagan she is. Do you know that she doesn’t believe in Jesus Christ? What kind of human being doesn’t believe in our Savior? May God have mercy on their souls, but in the meantime, just keep your distance from them.”

“Have you heard about that guy? He’s one of them; you know, he sleeps with other guys. He ought to be strung up by his thumbs in the town square so we can all spit on him. It ain’t natural you hear me? Don’t you dare go near him now; he’s unholy and perverted.”

“See that black girl over there? She’s lazy just like they all are. See how different she is? I’m telling you, this country is going to hell because of her and her kind. Ship them all to Liberia and the sooner the better. Maybe then we won’t be spending billions on those social services programs that just make everything worse.”

“Look at that fat pig of a woman. Doesn’t she have any respect for herself? Honest to God, someone should tell her how embarrassing she is. Maybe then she would get off her dead ass and exercise.”

“Yes, I know he’s unemployed, but he could work if he wanted to. As long as this country keeps giving him a handout then he will be quite satisfied to keep taking it. He’s probably a drunk or a stoner; they all are you know.”

“I heard that kid flunked out of fifth grade and he’s being held back. Probably retarded if you ask me! Don’t hang around him during recess, okay? We don’t want you knowing people like that, honey.”

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The Face of the Jackal

Do you see them yet? Look closely; dawn is coming and it’s a little lighter out now. You should be able to see them now. See, over there, at the edge of the lawn….

See the white girl, and next to her the black guy. There’s a Mexican and behind him is a Korean. Ooh, look at the tall one wearing the Armani suit, and look at that poor s.o.b. wearing the Goodwill rags. It’s hard to tell one from the other, isn’t it?

It’s hard to tell, isn’t it, because they look just like you and I, but look closely at the hatred in their eyes. Look closely at the vindictive drippings from their lips. Look closely at the lack of compassion and tolerance that reflects from their skin and radiates outward until they infect all those around them.

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Daylight Is Here

It’s all okay now; the sun is rising and they will slink back to their lairs until the sun sets once again.

What are we going to do? We can keep living behind locked doors. We can acknowledge that the jackals do exist, and live the lie that everything will be alright as long as we don’t let them in.

We can breathe a sigh of relief when they attack another victim, satisfied that this time it wasn’t us.

We can sit among ourselves, and decry the brutality that the jackals represent, and pat each other on our backs for discussing the problem with earnestness.

Or………

We can wait until nightfall and unlock our doors. We can open our doors and step out on the porch. We can stand there and face the jackals, and we can declare that we are no longer afraid of them and we will no longer allow them to spread their hatred.

We can stand there as one, safe in the knowledge that we greatly outnumber the jackals, and declare that what happens to one of us happens to all, and we can protect those who cannot protect themselves, for that is an act of humanity worth being proud of.

Yes, that is what we can do!

Yes, that is what we must do!

The sun is setting again. What will you do? Will you stand with me on that porch in the moonlight, and declare to all jackals that they are no longer welcome in our neighborhood?

Will you do that with me?

One word of caution: As you stand on the porch, look back inside your own home. There might just be a jackal in there hiding.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosemay, thank you very much. I spent a little extra time on this one and I'm pleased with the way it turned out.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      An excellent hub Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Phoenix! I make it a point never to argue with Dexter. :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Dexter Yarbrough - No doubt in my mind whatsoever.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Winterfate, you interpreted it perfectly. Thank you for your kind words.

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      Darrin Perez 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Awesome hub! I like the way you wrote it a lot, having the jackal represent the negative parts of society (at least, that's how I interpreted it).

      Voted up, awesome and interesting! :D

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow, Dexter, thank you so much! In truth I felt pretty good about this hub; that's not always the case, but thank you for giving validity to my feelings about it. Your comment is greatly appreciated.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Is there any doubt that you are one of the top 5 writers on HP? Is there any doubt that you are a great humanitarian? Is there any doubt that those of us that read your outstanding words are blessed? Is there any doubt that so many of us yearn to read your next hub, which we anticipate to be full of wisdom?

      Another great one, Billybuc!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, they are seemingly everywhere, and the only way to defeat them is to stand up in force and say enough!

      Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, thank you! I felt good about this hub when I had finished. I am very happy that you appreciated it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, without a doubt, fear is the root of most anger, prejudice, and bigotry. It does not have to be that way, but sadly it is. Thank you my friend.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Real deep message Bill. I've known real "jackals" people who would just as soon rip your heart out if they didn't get what they wanted. I've always prided myself in keeping away from such trash and don't know anyone like this anymore. However I will say that the title "jackal" unfortunately is really appropriate for a great deal of politicians and money grabbing people here on this side of the world. Passing this on.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Incredible title and you have put everything into this Hub voted up!

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Fear of whatever isn't like me, fear of what I don't understand, fear of whatever is contrary to my beliefs. And fear all to often is expressed as anger because it is the only way to chase away all that I fearfully oppose. Thanks for opening our minds up just a little more with this hub Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, that was beautifully stated. Love it!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Nothing has, nor ever will, stop me from anything. I am my own light in the face of darkness.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, thinking is always a good thing unless, of course, you do too much of it. :) Thank you and I agree....we all have a bit of the jackal in us.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Intriguing hub and sadly I think there is a little bit of a jackal in everyone, even if they don't want to admit it. You got me thinking today with this one Bill. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, if you tell me this is my best then I feel pretty good about it. Thank you kind lady; I will try to never disappoint you.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is so profoundly true it actually brought tears. I know people like that who are pillars of the community. They hate anyone who has a different belief system or skin color. It is even in my family and that hurts the most. This is your best hub, don't stop!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, I have your order placed and the coffee and smokes will be waiting for you. LOL

      As for our weather, we are a pretty mild area. The Pacific Ocean moderates our temps, so we might get one or two snowfalls each winter....this year we had three inches in early December and that has been it. Nothing even resembling snow since then. Last year at this time we had fourteen inches dumped on us and lost power for seven days. Not fun at all....but it was beautiful! :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      And coffee, please. Don't forget the coffee; and some vanilla syrup. And maybe a carton of smokes. Like I said, it's going to be a long night.

      I live on the other side of the island in East Anglia. It hasn't snowed here since Sunday gone but that's still hanging around. Temps are rising a bit so this might be gone in a few days. I live in a village that rarely ever gets bad weather. We mostly just catch the edge of it. Don't know why that is but we just don't get it as bad as the rest of the country. How about you?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo! I'll take your comment any day and feel pretty good about it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jim, that's the best way in my opinion. LOL Thanks buddy!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billy, this one is exceptional. You took those irrational feelings, drummed up by those who would have us living in constant fear and showed the rediculousness of it.

      Simply brilliant.

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      Jim Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Walk softly and always carry a big torch!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix.....LOL...I can't picture you in a rocking chair, but I'll have one waiting for you just in case you make the trip from the UK. Any snow there? Eddy says Wales got a new dumping.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Outstanding. I'm there with you, Bill. I'll be the one in the rocking chair. Fighting jackals is tiring work and I want to save my strength. I have a feeling it's going to be a long night.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, it is a constant battle, but I believe good with prevail. Thank you!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, we certainly must keep a watch out for the jackals who try to sway minds to the negative! Thanks for the reminder!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, the chair is waiting for you buddy...always will be!

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Pull up another chair Bill, as soon as I get done giving my Jackals to the fire walk, Ill join you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, it is always good to see you. I hope you are well and your eyes aren't causing problems. As for bigots....there is no winning those arguments, as you wisely pointed out. The only way to fight them is to live the opposite. We outnumber them and that gives me hope. :)

      Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lillee from Texas, thank you so much! Wise? Filled with experience for sure. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Travmaj, there will always be a place on my porch for you. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira...oh, to be innocent once more! Wouldn't that be lovely?

      Thank you as always!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      SilentReed, that was one powerful comment. I'll have to re-visit this one as a reminder to look in the mirror on a regular basis. Thank you for an honest statement that we all need to heed.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, that is always my concern...that in fighting the jackals I will stoop to their level. Thanks for the reminder my cohort.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill - Another strong hub, my friend. I've been fighting the jackals for as long as I can remember, starting with my father when I was young. What he said just didn't make sense, and still doesn't. Bigots will very seldom change as they've either been environmentally conditioned, or had some violent experience to make them the way they are. I used to get into harsh arguments with them, but, over the years have simply fought them by fighting the example they set by showing others we're all not like them ... as some of us can exhibit intelligence. Great job, my friend!

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      Lillee McLoflin 4 years ago from Texas

      Great hub as usual Bill. Thank you very much for you wise words.

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      This is powerful and honest and so right. Plus those jackals are universal. Please save a space for me on the porch.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Gosh..this is so true, bill.

      Man fearing man in all possible ways...fail to u dear stand why???

      I tell my kid about strangers and avoiding to talk to them...and he comes up with the innocent questions...can't handle it.

      Dunno what will happen of this world.

      Voted up as beautiful, interesting.

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      SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines

      When I hear someone, and I myself am no less reckless of the statement " I am standing up for what I believe," I cannot help thinking that it is not only an expression of conviction but also a challenge to the other party concern to prove us wrong.

      Often it is cloth in moral or religious hypocrisy. Prejudice ingrain in us that prevents objective consideration of the issue or situation. It has such an inflexible tone, rigid and incapable of compromise, unwilling to adapt to changing circumstances. Wars and conflicts have resulted over "Principles".

      We seem incapable of thinking for ourselves. Allowing media, with it's "public opinions", the machination of interested parties, or mob rule to sway us. Prejudice is not only rooted in ignorance, but also fear. Instinctively, we develop an attitude of "we against them" for protection. How convenient to find a scape goat to put the blame of all the ill's of society and our misfortunes. This article makes us look deep within us. The face of the Jackal, may indeed be a reflection of ourselves.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      jackals......damned pests.....there simply is no rest for the defenders & protectors of the oppressed. My tolerance wears so thin for the ignorant....I need to watch that. Don't need to reduce myself to their level....UP+++

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie....LOL..I almost put that last line in the hub! Great minds think alike.

      I'm at the point now, Beckie, that when I face one of the jackals on HubPages, I just say thank you and leave it at that. I thank them for their opinion, tell them that I respect their opinion, and walk away. I can't fight them all, and maybe if I show them respect they will do the same. Here's hoping!

      love,

      billy

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Billy - Amazing way to send this point home with such power of words! I am the fearless jackal hunter. I have an arsenal of weapons at my disposal. One is the common respect for all human kind, another is laughter in the face of the jackal and another are the endless numbers of fearless jackal hunters who join me.

      I'm on the porch now and "We'll leave the light on for ya"!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, I'll get you a flood light if it will keep you out on that porch. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, that truth is very prevalent I'm afraid...hopefully many of us have kept the jackal at bay for the most part.

      Thank you Sir!

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      I really liked the way you wrote this hub, Bill. Of course, I am a huge horror movie fan and my instinct is NOT to head out into danger (don't you usually yell at the movie screen when they do that!), but this is a much more worthy cause. So, I'll step out onto that porch with my brightest flashlight!

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Well done Bill. I realised immediately who the jackals were. The trouble is there is a jackle lurking within all of us if the truth be told.

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Xstatic, great comment and I remember those days well. I had a talk with my mother as well. It didn't go over well at all. LOL Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True, words, Nancy, and I thank you for adding to the conversation.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Wow Bill! Being orignally from Texas, living there until the mid-fifties I have known a lot of jackals along the way. In California, before I was drafted, I was told by a number of vets I worked with that the reason I was not prejudiced was because I had not been in the service and had to serve with, live with eat with "them." I served in the sixties, we all got along great. Even my mother, born in the South in 1899 used words that I finally had to insist that she not say around me.

      This is so well done; it should make all of us think about the "jackals within" first and those around us next.

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Yes there are jackals but I feel it is up top us how much light we give them. They only have power in our life if we let them.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Sha! Just trying to branch out and extend my limits a bit. How else am I going to grow as a writer if I don't challenge myself to do better? I appreciate you my dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Monis; this one felt right!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Billie, I will consider doing that once I revisit the hub. I usually let them percolate for awhile before going back to them. Thank you for the suggestion.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Billie....the Liberal Lunatic from Minnesota....I love it. Hey, there are worse things to be called for sure, and I would wear that with a badge of honor. LOL Thank you and I agree about Alex's comments.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Lordy Goshen, Bill. This is a mind blower. You so eloquently and every so slyly related the evil people of the world to jackals. This is a style a little different from what we've been seeing. I like it and I love the message!

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      Aga 4 years ago

      You are so right, Bill, jackals are everywhere, and have many faces. Fantastic read!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Highland, I'm glad you enjoyed my silliness in the 12/59 Shuttle. It may not be the best ever written, but it was my first and I'm proud of it.

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      Highland Terrier 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      An excellent observation on life. I have many friends who think just like your jackels.

      Still we must as you say rage against the injustice and unfairness in all areas of life.

      (just to comment very good read "The 12/59 Shuttle").

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Russ, thank you very much! I hope you are well in NY.

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Excellent writing Bill. Blood has a "coppery scent." Wow, that's writing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      onegreen....thank you so much! I'm really glad you enjoyed this.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Mike, thank you! I just have a gift of b.s. LOL No, seriously, I do appreciate your kind words. You are not alone in your past as a jackal. I think we all were....or are still, to a certain extent.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, you speak for all of us. Of course we all have a part of the jackal....none of us is immune to that. I actually wanted it implied in this hub, but maybe I didn't so a good job in that implication. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alex, a brilliantly honest comment and I admire you for making it. Of course the jackals reside in each of us. It is hard to imagine someone immune from the judgement making...I know I do. I am a bit short on time but I want you to know how much I appreciate your words. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kelly! As for why, I have no answers and I will never understand it.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I love you Bill!! This was pretty funny and scary all at once!

      The jackals ARE out there but I'll just sit on the porch with you and Bev and shake my head in amazement! I do not think it's very nice for people to do that...and I'm sure they don't feel good about it after so ...just why?!

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      Billie Kelpin 4 years ago from Newport Beach

      (oops something happened to my comment above) here's the rest: ...if this were my article, I'd ask if I could quote parts of Silvergenes comments in your great piece. You could introduce it with something like, "As writer Alexandra Lucas has stated,'Over the years, I have learned that the most frightening jackals live within me.' You could go on with the parts of her comment that you liked or expound on them yourself. The reason I say this is because just as I was ready to dig in my heals when I thought "jackal" meant me, so too, someone with beliefs you'd like to change will dig in their heals. If you open it up to include all of us, and truly "we despise most in others the qualities that we ourselves possess..'. then I think those not in the "choir" will be more willing to join. And, since this is such a meaningful piece, may I add a grammar note: "because they look just like you and ME". Great attention-getting piece!

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      Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

      Whoa! Billy. Awesome, totally awesome. I loved it. Poetry.

      Well Done Sir.

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      Billie Kelpin 4 years ago from Newport Beach

      Intriguing approach. When I read the title with the word "Jackals", I was ready to rail against the writer who apparently was hurling another insult at my secular humanism bent or my other "liberal" beliefs. After all, in the early days, when Rush Limbaugh started and I thought callers could actually express a counter to his ideas, I was called "the Liberal Lunatic from Minnesota". I do love Silvergenes' additional comment and if this were my article, I'd ask if I could quote parts of her comment in your ar

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      Unbelievable. I am in awe of how easily you turn a phrase such as this. Jackals they are, and Jackals they shall be until we shine the light of courage, knowledge, and faith into their eyes and send them back to the hovel from whence they came.

      I must admit, I was once a Jackal. I spoke some of those words you put into black and white. I felt as some felt. I am ashamed to admit it, but if we do not see the light and change, we will not heal as a nation.

      Simply put, this is an outstanding article, worthy of any newspaper or magazine in the world. You are a World Class Writer, and as such, I kneel on bended knee to your talent. I am humbled. Thank you, Sir.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This hub is worrisome. I am not so afraid of the Jackals out there, but the jackals within. How many cursed times has my mind faltered and allowed the beast within to think horrible thoughts. Perhaps as I become better at slaying, others will learn from me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lady, I admire anyone who stands by their convictions. All I ask is that people show respect to others, and love others as they love themselves....if that rule was good enough for Jesus then it's good enough for me. :)

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      Bill, this hub addresses some very serious issues indeed. You did an incredible job of describing so many aspects of ourselves and our society that need change.

      Over the years, I have learned that the most frightening jackals live within me. I am angered most by those who exhibit things that I dislike about myself, otherwise I would meet them with compassion. Am I racist? Do I judge others? Do I fear differences? Yes, though it doesn't compute through my intellectual functioning. It computes on a much deeper level and recognizing it may take spontaneous combustion on that porch. This makes me more dangerous than those who are outspoken about their judgments.

      I am the most terrifying of the jackals. I wear compassionate clothing, speak the correct language, move through the crowd unseen like a shape-shifter or cameleon. Yet, I still subconsciously divide the crowd into 'us' and 'them' at every opportunity. Divisions and sub-divisions occur with binary precision. My words sound so open and encompassing to others like me but they are neatly categorized in a compartment separate from me. "They" are the poor, the rich, the black, the white. The media is me. The socio-economic system is studied by me. I am everything that is wrong with society and the roadblock to change. I am the peacemaker with no hope of peace.

      If it horrifies anyone that I would say such a thing openly, then you are just like me. Many of us need to turn on all the lights in the house before we go out on the porch. We may have corners in our kitchens that need sweeping. I know I do.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sherri, thank you so much! i really appreciate those words.

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      Sherri Tuck 4 years ago from Virginia

      Simply outstanding!

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      Joanna Chandler 4 years ago from On planet Earth

      Billy great hub life is about taking risk standing up for what you believe in no matter what the cost. There will be some that will be offended on the gender part about the guy that sleeps with guys as the jackals in our society today gobbles up all the garbage, the government, artist, stars etc shove down their throats they accept wrong over right etc, and yes those same people will shout out loud am a CHRISTIAN and am born again to.

      I once condemn a hub for a guy that use to live with guys when i was ladyjojo here and because of that i lost many followers and people stop coming to my hubs, but you know what billy i didn't give a damn all i care about was STANDING UP FOR WHAT I BELIEVED in i never swayed even if i remained with one follower, I STOOD as a Stalwart soldier in the army of the LORD.

      Thanks for telling it as it really is, I will stand on the porch with you :)

      God bless you and Happy New Year

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Janine! I am saving you a spot on the porch. Bring some snacks; we might be there awhile. :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Just great Bill and am also with you on this and couldn't have said it better myself if I tried. Have of course voted up and shared all over, too!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, thank you! I really do appreciate your kind words. I know I'm preaching to the choir right now, but maybe I'll wake one or two up who need to read this.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol....the candle was a nice touch. We'll wave them like at a rock concert. :) Prejudice? I'm not sure I would use that word in disliking laziness and cheating.....that's just common sense and living by a set of principles that all should live by.

      Thank you Carol!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jeff! You are what I like to call "good people" and I'm proud to stand beside you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sunnie, and I agree. We are all different, coming from different cultures and belief systems.....all we have to do is learn to accept our differences and zero in on our commonalities. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Kindred! Risks? Naw.....a risk would be in not saying anything, and I know you understand that.

      Thanks buddy; keep up the good fight and I'll see you on the porch soon.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Awesome, Bill. You took an intensely negative subject and made the discussion of it beautiful. What a great hub and an important message. Thank you! Oh and the poem is great. I know it's your first one. It should be the first of many! Have a great day, Bill!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      To me people have always been people...I like and not so crazy about all types...It is the person. However I am prejudice against laziness, indifference and cheating in people. I am fairly tolerant but find people who lie and are generally dishonest I cannot deal with. I have always been one to see things in people that others do not. It is simple as just listening to them..People tell you everything you want to know if your ears are open.. This was very interesting Bill. Oops yes I will be on the porch with my candle.

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      I'm right there with you my friend. Standing BESIDE you all of the way! Very deep and enlightening hub Bill.

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Wow Billy this was so powerful! I have walked to a different drum all my life, never on the side of the most popular beliefs or the way things SHOULD be. I do think we do have our personal beliefs in things but when forced on others, with no love, nor respect, we may as well throw all our beliefs out the window as they mean nothing. Our family is diverse as they come and I would not trade it for nothing. Having love towards others is the most important thing. We all think differently and hold our own truths deep within but that does not give us a ticket to hate or show discrimination. Words and actions hurt, we should never be quick to fling either one.

      Have a great day,

      Sunnie

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Wow! You have outdone yourself on this one Bill. You took some risks. Some will be offended by your references to race and gender but you have said nothing that we haven't all heard and it needed to be said. Yessir! I will stand on the porch with you and I will do so proudly.