My dear friend who is aspiring to that most noble profession of Lawyer rebutted my last blog post. So I am rebutting his rebuttal. But with passion, instead of an actual knowledge of what the hell I am talking about. Which makes mine way more valid. And interesting.
I still feel like getting eaten by a bear is an inherent risk one takes upon adventuring into the wild. Not to mention, when people have food in their tents, as ubiquitous warning signs inform them not to, bears want to go in and eat it. And then when they find fresh meat AND potato chips...well you know. So I guess maybe my argument isn't so much as to whether or not this lawsuit is actually legal or frivolous...my question is, is it right? Again, will suing the government, and ultimately you and I, bring back their son? Will it bring them comfort? Will it soothe their angry hearts and take away the pain? Certainly not. Only the Mormons can provide that true release from pain (tongue in cheek.) I guess the question is, when does it stop? When do we, as humans, accept the fact that we don't need a damn baby sitter in the form of the government for every single thing that we do? How much are we willing to degrade the wilderness and tame it until it isn't even the bloody wilderness anymore? Wilderness...lets break down this word. Wild= untamed, uncultivated, unrestrained, uncivilized. Er= the place you go when injured by the untamed, uncultivated, unrestrained, and uncivilized area a.k.a. the wild. Ness= a state of being. And in this case, the state of being wild. Hence, WILDERNESS.
My point is, when the so-called wilderness is completely regulated, it looses that wild quality which makes it truly sublime. I am sorry that people go into the wild unprepared, and do foolish things. I am sorry that wild animals act like wild animals. But really, should bear protection fall under the blanket of government regulation? Here is a novel idea--read that damn signs that the government already put up informing you to NOT bring food in your tent and to NOT leave garbage strewn about your camp and to NOT put your baby on top of a buffalo and to NOT do a myriad of other stupid things that idiotic campers seem to constantly do.
It is time that we take responsibility for our actions, and not expect the government to swoop on in and save the day in every situation. And when the government for whatever reason fails to do so, maybe we should think of distancing ourselves from said over-protection instead of suing and calling for even more protective regulations.