The article Sometimes It’s Just Easier To Care About Dead Lions Than Dead People by blogger Matt Walsh, (posted by a Facebook friend) bothered me. He does not understand why everyone is so upset over the death of a lion. He goes on to talk about how it easy to care about lions when they are all the way in Africa and it is hard to care about people because they are real and that requires sacrifice. He states “Progressivism loves everything that can be loved lazily or indulgently, and nothing that must be loved sacrificially and earnestly. It loves nothing that requires any action on its part.” Wait, what?? Did he just say I was lazy because I care about threatened and endangered animals? Did he just say I was not sacrificing anything to care about them? Did he just surmise that I do not care about human welfare?
How about this Mr. Walsh, those of us who care about the planet and all its natural resources might understand that without those natural resources and animals the ecosystem as we know it may not survive, which means what…Oh yes, that we (meaning humans) may not survive! Mr. Walsh you are certainly entitled to your opinion, but to say our outrage over Mr. Palmer’s actions of killing Cecil the Lion is “misdirected vengeance” because we are too lazy to express anger over human issues, is itself misdirected, for it is Mr. Palmer and those like him who truly do not care for the human condition. You state he is a false Satan and we are all too afraid to do battle with the real one…I would say this incident has outraged us to uncover the real Satan, that which is greed.
Everything that happens is attached to greed. They are selling body parts of fetuses out of greed, poaching animals out of greed, raping the planet out of greed, money scams out of greed, drilling the arctic out of greed, making solar too expensive for everyone to use out of greed, ETC… Greed does not have a political party, it is everywhere. You are correct Mr. Walsh when you state we need a target for our “withheld scorn”, because for whatever reason, this incident brought to light not only the problems of trophy hunting and endangered animals, but everything you spoke about in your article regarding the human condition. Our withheld scorn is out and it is not just about Mr. Palmer and Cecil, it is about all living things and all tragedies that are a result of actions like his. You insult me to speak that it is otherwise.
Do you want to know why everyone is outraged over Mr. Palmer luring a beautiful creature out for the sole purpose of mounting its head as a trophy? It is because even if we rid the earth of poachers, poverty, etc., there would still be people out there like Mr. Palmer. People who for whatever reason have no sense of self or connection to the universe, people who only gain satisfaction from “taking”. Those that give no thought beyond “I want so I shall get, by whatever means” are the evil that the world needs to be rid of, whether it is the head of an oil conglomeration who could care less what he destroys, or some phony environmentalist that makes money off the protests and could care less if anything is saved…they are everywhere. We are outraged over Mr. Palmer because his actions characterize the type of person who buys the body parts, who buys the drugs, who buys the ivory, who uses slave labor. He personifies everything you dislike about the “progressives” raging against him. His actions epitomize that which is destroying the world…entitlement, greed, stupidity, and a clear lack of respect and knowledge for the planet that feeds him air.
My hope is that this outrage is only the beginning, that this ignites pressure for the powers that be to actually take action and protect the planet, its animals, soil, water, air, and yes, people.
photo credit: Martin LaBar