Update on April 17, 2013
Humpback Tales Vol. 1 No. 3
Desensitize My Soul
If you, like me, are focused on wilderness and wildlife, it can mentally and emotionally take its toll. Every week we are subjected to images of animals being snared, killed, by gutless men who in mid-life want a victory, and cannot understand the pain and suffering they create, not just for that wolf or coyote or bear, but for us. People in what can be called our "global society," endowed with hearts and souls; believing in the idea that animals are not just a moral responsibility, but a blessing in our lives.
I mention this also because of what I see as a numbing of consciousness. I relate this to the tragedies we have witnessed in 9/11, Tucson, Newtown, and now Boston. You see, each one follows a pattern, something unthinkable, followed by shock, disbelief, heroes, and families in mourning, a desire to make something of the tragedy and a resolve not to let this stop us from enjoying life. The other side of this is that people are becoming more conditioned to this new world, I sense that our ability to be shocked is lessening, that over time people, perhaps like those in the Middle-East and elsewhere where violence, tragedy and the opportunity to ameliorate circumstances have become part of everyday life are settling into a survival pattern which makes life smaller and choices more self-centered.
I bring this up in the context of conservation and the creation of groups that have made senseless killing of predators an accepted part of modern day America.