Who is more sacred?


It just never seems to stop: over-development, sedimentation, non-native invasive plants, brush clearance, fragmented habitat, pollution, over-population. But the Dec. 11, article concerning the mountain lion and Brian Sweeney’s goats was the paragon of the ever-present ruthless plunder of our environment. Then there’s the omnipotent Anne Hoffman seeking the relocation of the lions. It just never seems to stop!

To delve into the mind-set of these people, one has to go deeper than simple greed, ignorance, arrogance and cruelty. The root of the problem is that we as a whole feel that we have an inalienable right to do as we please to all life around us. I feel this concept has been perpetuated in the Judeo-Christian belief that man was created in God’s image and that all other living beings are there solely to serve our purpose. Regardless of one’s direct religious beliefs, our society as a whole has adopted this concept. This feeling of righteous entitlement makes it an acceptable behavior to kill the lowly spider, or rattlesnake, or lion, instead of accepting that it has as much right to live as we do. We do not think of all life around us as sacred; only our own. Unfortunately, we also bathe our children in this ignorant bath.

Perhaps we are the ugly creatures, the villainous monsters, the terrorists, the rapists. Perhaps it’s time for us to wake up. We don’t see with our eyes but with our minds, and if our minds are closed we are truly blind!

J. Wilson