by Alan P. Alborn
Environmentalist, Photographer, philosophy student, Independent voter, and occasionally a consultant.
I took my family to the aquarium yesterday. It’s a beautiful place. We watched the Sharks and Stingrays swim in circles past the viewing window. Later, we went to a Dolphin show to watch these beautiful creatures perform tricks on queue. The “trick” is to watch the handlers, not the Dolphins, to figure out the queues.
I couldn’t help but think of an analog to human behavior. Is it better to Iive a long, secure life swimming circles in a tank for your food or to take your chances in the open seas and the risks it poses? These creatures want for nothing; however, they also have nothing. Those who give them what they have may take it away just as quickly.
There are those who view us as creatures to cage. They see Government as our “handler” taking care of our every need as long as we are willing to swim in circles or perform on queue. I am always interested in what makes a person self-select as someone who thinks they should be the others “handler”.
I’m watching the battle between the left and he right, the liberals and the Conservatives, the Tea Party and the many Liberal Organizations trying to emulate the Tea Party, etc., etc., etc. As they compete for influence. All of these groups are lead by people who want to be other people’s “handlers”. What frightens me the most is that most people appear to want to be “handled”. They are looking for queues. They appear to be happy swimming in circles as long as they are fed regularly.
Government defines our cage. We elect our “handlers”. I will be looking for people who want to tear down our cage by reducing the size and influence of Government.
I don’t want to swim in circles. I long for the open seas… and am willing to face the risks. I just wonder how I may influence others to join me.
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