This past week has been what at one time
was known at "Holy Week" in America.
Now that we are all so much better educated,
informed and politically correct - the Holy
Week has been replaced with Spring Break. The
meaning of Holy Week, of course, relegated to
some obscure definition filed where most will
never see it.
The height to which the 'police' of political
correctness have reached struck me this week,
something like being hit in the head with a
sock full of wet sand. A pre-school facility
conducted an Oval Hunt! Yes, pre-school children
(under five years old) are forbidden from having
or knowing about Easter Eggs! Ah, but they can
have ovals. They can color ovals. But there are
no EASTER EGGS. Five-year olds being brain washed.
Someone forget this is America?
There was a time during Holy Week when the Christian
faithful stopped whatever their normal events were
and attended services. Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday
and Good Friday were solumn preparation
for the celebration of Easter Sunday. Easter: the
celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
While gratefully many Americans have found a church
and religious beliefs of their childhood following
the tragedy of 9/11 - there are still those who resent
any religion or religious beliefs.
Those people are called secularists. They believe there
is no right, no wrong - and everything is a shade of
insipid gray....no black and white. If there is no
right or wrong, than obviously, no one can be blamed
for anything. Follow that another step and no one
is responsible. For anything. At any time.
Religion, any religion is based on moral principals.
If the secularists can stop religious expression
(how about "One nation, under God") they can
claim separation of Church and State. Any
knowing person already knows the only thing
the U.S. Constitution says on this matter is
that there will be no "State" religion. . .and
there isn't, wasn't, hasn't ever been. But that
doesn't matter - the favorite tactic of the
secularists is to make a claim (there isn't any
law against them lying after all), and then go to
court to prove their non-point. If they lose, the
claim is bias, unfair treatment, racism, and a
myriad of other 'hot button' terms intended to
foment their followers.
The result is our America becomes ruled by the
minority, instead of the majority as a republic
I believe I have an obligation, religious, moral
and philosophical - and perhaps even legal, to be
the best person I can. To help others, to encourage
them to be the best they can be - and to set an
example for good. That comes from my childhood
training, my religious beliefs, and 17 years as
an Army wife.
It is also a huge part of my life as a fly fisher.
Truth is hard to avoid - at least for those who
have any moral training. Right and wrong rear
their heads any time we have to make a decision
on how we live, treat others - and yes, fish!
It's all in there. It is not something one can
shut off like a faucet.
How we feel about our favorite fishery, stream,
lake - are all part of that as well. We can treat
our resources with care and honor, or like the
secularists, we can take anything we want at any
time without so much as a tiny thought as to how,
what or who it may impact in the future.
We can leave our garbage on the stream, litter the
roads - haven't you heard? We don't have to be
responsible. It's not my fault.
We can lie about any natural project we want. We
can pound the courts to protect this or that without
any more than junk science and rumor. It's
dandy - because our 'motives' are so pure what
is true or right doesn't matter.
Except it isn't right, or true and it does matter - just
as the forest fires last summer and fall proved all too
well. Point fingers and blame anyone but the ones
responsible for the problem. After all - they aren't
responsible. Get it?
How did we get here?
A permissive society which grew out of the "repressive
1950's"? So I read. But I grew up, thankfully, in
the 50's. Do I seem 'repressed?' Hardly. And I can
name tons of people who also grew up in 50's who are
considerably better off because of it.
Or the other big lie, the sexual revolution.
The secularists will not become fly fishers. Or tiers.
They have no frame of reference, no commitment, no
patience, no focus, no creativity, no ability to
create an original thought, or follow though to
the end of an action.
Beware of them. They will not, cannot value
our sport in any of its many faces.
For them, we are a threat. Because we are
all that they are not.
Because we are that which they are not. ~ The LadyFisher
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