Writing about what I have been reading and encountering in the media.
|Cecil, so easy to catch, you had to put an arrow in him to make him resist.
Dr. Walter J. Palmer, why does a Dentist have $50,000 to blow on a trip to Africa to poach a Grandfather, an Elder within an endangered species? How does someone with your level of “education” claim that level of ignorance? Don’t dentists have ethics? You have smeared your entire profession. You have smeared the schools where you were educated. You have smeared your family and community. You have smeared your nation. The news has spread world-wide. Your level of disrespect enrages humanity. Unfortunately, you are not endangered. You are a member of a species of people who are disengaged from the world that provides your basic sustenance. The earth and its inhabitants are strangers to your heart. Yours is the worst kind of insanity. The lion takes care of his family. He just lives his life the way lions live their lives. He did nothing to you or your family.
He is not food. I see on the inter-net lots of evidence of humanity loading their proverbial bows getting ready to make your life hell for a long time. My value system tells me to love my enemies. At this moment I am having a lot of trouble thinking of a way to do that. There are doctors replacing children’s hands. There are dentists helping people with many kinds of problems. There are dentists who are naturalists, who spend their time and wealth to support the well-being of their communities. There are little children who know better than to mistreat an animal. I have no idea how to understand who you are or what you have done.
I have heard no apology from you. I wonder, are you defending your behavior in your mind, or are you constructing a meaningful apology with a meaningful plan to make amends? Your responsibility right now is to look to the well-being of your soul. You cannot return Cecil to the living. You cannot save the cubs that will lose their lives because of what you have done. You are still capable of becoming healthy and compassionate. I hope this happens in you, for the well-being of us all.
Signed on behalf of Cecil,