Gil De Palma
Gil De Palma campaign leader


(Please don’t read this if your mind is not ready for a radical idea to put an end to the whale slaughter.)

Try to mirror a whale hunter.

If you find it difficult to comprehend the rationalization behind the never-ending slaughter of pilot whales in the Faroe Islands despite international objection, step out of your own cultural mindset for a moment and enter the mind of a whale hunter.

Think of it as a scientific method applied to socio-cultural awareness. First, set aside the ideal response that you want from the whaler and look at things from his point of view. Then with a clearer context on the other person’s argument, ask how you would react if you were in his shoes and what would move you to make the ideal response.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, said: “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”

You possess the first-rate capacity for empathy, that’s why you’re here supporting our cause, so I believe in your ability to hold two different ideologies in mind at the same without losing your inherent decision-making facility.

So put yourself in the shoes of the Faroese people and see if what you are about to read can work as a strategy to stop the slaughter.


You’re a Faroese whale hunter…

You’re proud of your indigenous culture that has a strong link to the islands and the surrounding natural resources.

You and your family have participated in the grindadrap, centuries-old tradition of whale hunting that is part of your distinct social, economic and political identity.
And you believe that whale meat and blubber, which reportedly account for 30 percent of all meat produced in the Faroes, should be a staple part of your daily diet.

Stop! Here comes a petition from faceless foreigners, emphasizing the cruel, wasteful and unnecessary nature of the hunt, telling you to end whaling in the Faroe Islands.


If you’re like most people, you will treat the protest in three ways:

1. You will resent the petition as a threat to your freedom;

2. You will rail against the protest as a hostile large-scale action with the intention of taking the management of pilot whales away from your people; and

3. You will brand the campaign as a form of cultural imperialism seeking to expunge your indigenous culture by imposing foreign ideologies on your small nation.

Hey, that’s quite a no-brainer for you as a whale hunter, don’t you agree?

But what you are about to do next makes the whole thing interestingly predictable…

You will do the opposite of what the petitioners want you to do to prove your freedom of choice.

It’s your nation, your culture, your life—and you make the rules.


In Psychology, it’s known as Reactance Theory. Read on and know more about what we're dealing with...

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