Date: 1/28/18 8:31 am From: Dennis Porebski <dennis.porebski...> Subject: Re: Fw: Interior cancels decades-old protections for migratory birds
Thank you for the link, Jerry. I enjoyed reading the article as it seemed quite balanced, which is unusual these days.
I have summarized some of my thoughts on the matter if anybody cares to read them below:
I must admit that I agree with many points in this well-written article; however, I do have some reservations as well. Perhaps I have a different perspective and worldview on this matter than others in this forum, but I will express it to the best of my ability and communicate my opinions as respectfully as I can.
First and foremost, I identify myself as a follower of Christ and the Christian religion. Be that as it may, I realize that my views regarding the environment may very well be influenced by this ideology (indeed they are and must be), and more than likely will conflict with those who do not adhere to its tenets and doctrine. Conversely, I believe there is a great deal of common ground with those of a secular mindset, particularly regarding the value and respect that should be placed upon the natural world, in particular, involving avians. I have great respect, awe, and reverence for the Creator's handiwork in the form of birds, as well as all other creatures of the Creation. I am an avid birder/birdwatcher, and I frequently spend time outdoors in their presence whenever I have the time and energy to do so. That is why certain moves by this nation's administration regarding environmental policy, particularly the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, so greatly concerns me; but up to a point, I might add.
As a result of my a priori commitment to Christian ideals and doctrine, as I'm sure many have with regards to their own views and ideologies, I have an appreciation for creatures made by the Creator. However, I do believe that some are more valuable than others, particularly humankind and the special place man has in this world. That is not to say that all other creatures are not important or deemed worthy of respect, protection, and love. To the contrary, it is an imperative and command, found within the pages of Scripture, to care for all of the Creation in a responsible, ethical and reverential manner. That is why it grieves me to see and hear those who claim to adhere to the tenets of the faith continue to disregard its teaching while pillaging the Earth and its resources in a selfish manner with no regard to the other beings of the natural world with whom we share this planet. It is one thing to use natural resources to the advantage and progress of mankind in a respectful and sustainable manner; it is entirely different to treat those very same resources as expendable, unlimited and unworthy of compassion. I place myself into the category of the former, and I hope that in the very near future many will see this as their primary mode of approach with regards to matters such as this; granted, this should have been this way for quite a long time now, but I digress.
I'm torn between the manner in which industry creates employment, and therefore quality of life, for innumerable families and households, and the wildlife which is many times grievously harmed by such industry in inappropriate standards and practice. I believe in the greater progress of humanity in responsibility and respectful stewardship of the Earth's resources, but I also know that the heart of man is desperately wicked, looking to selfish desires as the primary mode of living at the expense of those around him. I do not like the flippant approach many politicians and those with whom they are related view the natural world. However, I realize that my tone is somewhat muted in comparison to environmentalists who see the world differently than I as a result of a secular foundation to their views. How to bridge this gap, I must confess, eludes me. I don't know what the solution is to matters such as this (referring to the article's content) although I wish I did; but I recognize its complexity and that environmental policy that is beneficial to both sides of this debate is not as simple as many would like to make it. If you have read this far, I sincerely thank you for your patience and interest in reading my thoughts as I've laid them out. I appreciate each and every one of you, and I enjoy being a member of this forum. I also hope that I have not stirred too many pots in a manner that would make any of you think less of me. I hope that you all have a wonderful day. Know that our shared love for birds and the natural world is something that we can all agree upon, regardless of our political differences, as heated as they may sometimes be.
Sincerely Yours & For the Love of Birds,
On Sun, Jan 28, 2018 at 8:09 AM, Jerry Davis <jwdavis...> wrote: