This Week's View
by Deanna Lee Birkholm
December 18th, 2000
No, not the guy with the pointed ears on StarTrek, the one who wrote the books
on how to raise your children. Remember him? The one who preached kids
shouldn't be reprimanded for bad behavior? That they were just 'expressing'
themselves. Public schools were prevented from using any form of corporal
punishment. If you spanked a kid you could be prosecuted for child abuse.
Kids weren't to be held responsible for anything. Even as simple as not
learning how to read!|
So a couple of generations later, we have the results.
Along came a plethora of new laws to protect the criminals and not the victims.
Our government is now faced with enacting a Patient Bill of Rights! What the
heck happened to the 'do no harm' doctors used to live by. It would seem they
aren't responsible either.
The past weeks have been a very public forum on what happens when no one is
responsible. What were 'spoiled' ballots aren't spoiled at all. I guess it depends
on what the meaning of is is - or spoiled is? If you didn't take the care
to vote properly you can sue and demand your non-vote is counted. Who wins?
If we as a country can't be held responsible for voting as instructed, what does
that say? Some in this election say it doesn't matter, we'll tell you how you and
everyone else voted. If we just follow the bloody instructions; we know
how we voted! Duh.
Before you turn me off thinking I'm going to jump ship and go totally political, this
really does have a huge bearing on us as fly fishers.
Back to the responsibility thing. If you aren't responsible, you obviously think if you
do something stupid with a rod, reel, fly line or even your waders, the COMPANY
is at fault and they owe you a new one. Free of course.
If you are responsible, you still end up paying for the higher prices charged
by the manufacturers to cover the costs of the not responsible crowd. In
everything! It is a never ending cycle. No one says "enough!"
I realize most of you didn't grow up during a time of scarcity when everything but
the air you breathe was rationed, we have a time of peace and plenty and most
have some expendable income. Maybe not as much as you would like, but most
can afford to fish (and not HAVE to fish to eat.)
When does this turn around? When do we realize no one owes us anything - including
a living, special treatment, or a brand new unspoiled-whatever-it-was we broke?
Isn't it time we all take responsibility for ourselves and whatever we do? Isn't it time
we become something we can all be proud of? Proud of ourselves? Proud of each
other? Proud of the products we produce? Delivering what we promise? Is there
something patently wrong with that?
It does mean we take responsibility for ourselves and our own
actions. Certainly Anti-Spock.
Enough already! ~ LadyFisher
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