My Faith is Shaken

The fact that Marcus Eriksen and Joel Paschal have survived affects my faith, and it is, at the same time an argument against Darwin’s law of natural selection.  Usually, when you get a group of people who do something extremely dangerous for a cause, you can count on emergency personnel being called at the least or, more probably a call to the coroner.  Somehow, these two numbskulls survived their ordeal.

Even though we are frequently presented stories where people do not respect nature, I am surprised each time I see another.  The past few years have brought us the stories of Timothy Treadwell (the Grizzly Man), Christopher McCandless (Into the Wild), and Carl McCunn who each paid the ultimate price for their lack of respect for nature.

So, today I was surprised when I read the story of the two guys who made it to Hawaii from California in a makeshift raft that had pontoons filled with empty plastic water bottles.  This is amazing, because the ocean is one of the most dangerous places on the Earth.  A person should never get out in the ocean in a ‘makeshift’ anything, and if you do, you are most likely to die.  Unfortunately, these guys made it, and I say ‘unfortunately’ because undoubtedly this will inspire more young people to make these foolish decisions. 

These guys are going to even get more publicity for their irresponsible activities because they have tied their trip to the green movement.  You see, they used the plastic bottles in an attempt bring awareness to the problems presented by too many wasted plastic bottles.  And, we all know that in the green movement intent is everything, whether it ends up hurting the planet (or actual people) or not.  A good example of this is the green movement’s continued support for biofuels even after it has been shown that they are impractical and will cause real damage to the world (in the form of destruction of habitat to provide land to grow enough corn) and people (through starvation caused by lack of sufficient grain sources and higher prices) if they are accepted.  Moreover, these guys have provided themselves a place in the lore of all green people for performing a quest based in the highest of all green motivations, Awareness.

Honestly, it is best for all if people who take part in these foolish schemes meet a bad fate, that way the rest of us are reminded that nature is something to be respected and sometimes feared.  This healthy respect keeps the rest of us safer and gives us good examples that we can use to teach our kids.

As a parting shot, here is a picture of the load of garbage that these two guys left on the islands that the rest of us call paradise.

I hope they get a ticket for littering.

 

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