can you work out what’s wrong in this photo …
Remember that kid who got taken by an alligator at Disney World a few months ago? Take a good guess at where you think matters stand now. I’ll give you just one shot at telling me what the parents of that poor boy are doing with regards to Disney. Oh, you think that they’re going to sue? Well, you’d be wrong, as was I.
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.”
That’s the serenity prayer. You might have heard it before but it doesn’t get quoted very often anymore. Turns out that the parents of the boy that was killed are actual adults. They are grieving and are in a lot of pain but litigation isn’t going to do them any favors, unless you’re the type of person who seeks to profit out of your very own misery. They are a lesson to us all.
But sometimes litigation is necessary. Some people only get the message to back off if it’s handed down by a court with a nice accompanying payout that they have to pay. Disney was not malicious in having alligators in the pool. It may have been careless, but it didn’t wish any harm on people on purpose.
Unlike professional activists.
I rank professional activists somewhere just above pedophiles in the order of most nasty groups of people in society. You can’t rank professional activists against other professions because they don’t generate any goods or services. They are a net drain on society. They seek only to halt, to stop, to destroy, or to eliminate. And professional activists are never satisfied. All those professional activists engaged with stopping the Japs from killing a few whales – do you think they’re going to pack up and go home once they succeed? Of course not – they have nothing to go home to do. Their job, if you can call it that, is to be a professional annoyance. A professional busybody. And they are seemingly unstoppable because they are not responsible for their actions.
Recently in Australia, the New South Wales state government gave in to pressure from animal rights professional activists and banned greyhound racing. Just like that an entire sport and industry gone overnight because of coordinated pressure by activists. Perhaps they think that all those thousands of dogs will now end up in cute foster homes? Activists won because they never give up. They agitate and agitate and agitate and eventually they find a politician with the spine of an eel, (well done premier Mike Baird), and they get what they want.
How about another one? Farmers in Australia are already pretty much banned from cutting down trees on their land but now it seems that it has spread to rocks as well. Apparently those rocks are 36,000 years old! Oh my God! We must do something. Better make up some phony crap and get the local aboriginal heritage legislation inspector to come in and close down the farmer.
But property owner and sheep grazier Gordon Last said the previous owner had crushed most of the volcanic rock 10 years ago.
“All I’ve done is run a scarifier over it to kill the ferns that had grown up, put a roller over it to push the rocks back into the ground and started to sow it,” Mr Last said.
“I own the land. There’s no overlay on it. The name of the game is to grow more grass so I can grow more lambs. And all the real damage was done 10 years ago by someone else.”
You own the land? Sorry bud, but private property rights have no sway when we’re talking about professional activists.
But there is one answer to the scourge of professional activists, and that is to make them responsible for their own actions. You own a multimillion dollar greyhound racing track that is now at risk of closing down? Sue the activists responsible. Their biased actions landed you in this mess. All you have to do is to find some phony documentation that the activists came up with, (which they did – they always do because for them the ends are much more important than the means), and you’ve got a nice little litigation on the cards.
The reason that professional activists are so widespread comes down to two factors. Firstly we have the social and financial conditions where they don’t need to go out and get a job in order to survive. Secondly, and as I’ve already said, they are not responsible for their own actions. We can’t change the first one, (well we can but it would have a detrimental effect on us as well), but we can change the second one. The greyhound industry have it wrong. They shouldn’t just be going after the NSW State government. They should be going after the activists as well.
The first time that activists are successfully sued for their actions will result in a seismic upheaval in the professional activism industry. It will cause them to start looking over their shoulder. And perhaps the lesson will eventually be worth something to them. They will come to understand the wisdom in knowing what they can and cannot change. And the wisdom in getting a haircut and a real job.