Today, I visited
www.sharkonline.org again, and I
did some more reading.
I read a story by the president of SHARK - I
recently discovered his name is Mr.
Steve Hindi - which he probably wrote many years ago.
It had to do with
fishing and killing.
After reading most
of that article, I realized something important. I am not an
animal activist at nearly the same level as many other people are.
read, and I respect, Mr. Hindi's outlook, and I know I don't feel quite the
same way about the death of animals.
I guess - maybe that
makes me seem as if I'm riding the fence - maybe I seem like a hypocrite - I
don't feel exactly the same way as people who are totally committed to absolute animal
I think, if I still had our bassboat, and I felt physically
stronger, I'd probably be out trying to hook a 14 pound largemouth.
And - if the bass was substantially larger than the 10 pound 4 ounce bass on
my wall, I might have it mounted as a trophy.
smaller, I'd most likely put back in the lake, and keep looking for that
The issue which
I'm writing about - rodeo, cruelty, animal abuse, forcing animals to
perform against their will for sport, money and entertainment - has caused
me to personally re-evaluate my own thinking.
I wouldn't make
a very good "PETA candidate".
With all these
thoughts going through my mind, I'm consciously aware that I'm not a
I tend to think things over for myself, and I don't
have a "follow the crowd" type of personality.
I realize I'm not
innocent of "abuse". I also realize that "abuse" can be defined
1,000 different ways, by 1,000 different people.
look into myself, into my past actions, into my current thoughts.
think of legal definitions, social definitions, moral, political, public,
and private interpretations.
I've spoken to many people who know me
well. What I've determined,
after searching my soul carefully, is that ....
I AM NOT ABUSIVE
I can look in the mirror, and I'm not looking back at an abusive person.
I can live with my conscience.
By the way, thank you for reading my pages. Once I get started, the
words don't ever seem to stop.
It's nice that some of my thoughts
might make another person really think about some things. Thank you