Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Birding Ethics: Politics & Birding
Posted by Birding is Fun!
It is generally assumed that if you are interested in birds, then you "obviously" advocate conservation, and therefore must lean toward the Democratic party because "we all know" that liberals care far more about the environment than the "greedy earth-destroying capitalists" on the Republican side. This erroneous assumption might lead one to believe that all birders have the same position on issues like healthcare and abortion. Let us never assume and lump birders so generally into one camp or the other. A hobby involving 50 million Americans has more diverse opinions than that.
I personally love to discuss politics and the internet is a great forum for discussing them. Principle-based debate is healthy. It is appropriate and important to discuss public policy as it relates to conservation and the well-being of birds. I appreciate peaceful extremists on all sides of issues because they are necessary to maintaining the balance of the universe. They help educate us and improved behavior is usually the result.
We all may not be cut from the same political cloth, but we need each other to complete that beautiful patchwork quilt that is America.
Please just indulge a pet peeve of mine: While we are out birding together in the field, let the love of birds unite us! Let's leave the political talk for more appropriate forums such as this.
Now let's go birding!