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Friday, February 25, 2011

What a Crock!




What a Crock!



I recently watched a news report on a wager gone awry. A young man, age 20, bet his friend that he could dash across a portion of a zoological lion exhibit and speed to safety unscathed. It seems he was quite a speedy fellow. In fact, he intended to take a run for glory at the next U.S. Olympic track and field trials. The young man was fast, indeed. But he was not lion fast. He has no shot at the Gold Medal.

 
The story reminded me of the three young students who opted to hike along the Iranian border with Iraq. Iranian authorities arrested them, and two of the strollers are currently standing trial for their lives in the Tehran Revolutionary Court. I love to hike with my family too. We conquer places like the Appalachian Trail and the Mount Rainier Wonderland Trail Loop. We completely failed to consider the Iraq-Iran border loop.

 
Recently, four American citizens were gunned down and killed by Somali pirates who hijacked their yacht during the couples' quest to deliver Bibles to destinations around the world. Delivering the Holy Book to Bible-needy Brits or lost souls in Tahiti was not a good enough goal. They chose the coast of Somalia.

 
I just don't get it. Are we thinking with our hind parts? My mind flashes back to a scene in the movie, Independence Day, where the alien space ship, hell-bent on the destruction of Earth, hovered over a skyscraper in a major U.S. city. A group of young people climbed to the building rooftop, dancing and singing, smiling, and raising their hands in the air as a sign of welcome, just before being vaporized by the invaders. At least that was theatrical. Racing a lion on his turf is moronity.

 
Am I missing something here? I am the first one to feel compassion for the pain and suffering of my fellow human beings. However, I am finding difficulty justifying such extremely suspect judgment. Does a man who decides to extract food from the mouth of a crocodile deserve his fate? I think Lefty should have seen it coming.

26 comments:

  1. I guess a certain 'type' of personality will think they are invincible... teens are like that, I know when I was a teen, I thought I knew it all when in fact, I didn't... Like those missionaries, they probably did not think anything would happen maybe because they thought that their mission would protect them? (btw, we are suppose to have some snow again- tomorrow)

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  2. KBF: I do understand that. We all do our share of not-so-smart things when we are young. As for the missionaries, you are probably correct. Enjoy the snow.

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  3. The actions of some like the missionaries is just pure naivity I think. In the case of the lion runner .. just pure stupidity.
    Youth do take risks because it's in their nature (temporary insanity due to angry hormones) but no youth I know ever thought they could outrun a lion!
    Putting you head in a cordiles mouth, outrunning the king of the jungle, swimming with sharks & the such .. is just tempting fate!
    Have a great weekend JJ :)

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  4. I have a burning desire to correct my typo... that is crocodile not cordile ... he he he :)

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  5. Katherine: I agree. They are tempting fate. Also, thanks for the typo correction. I heard a "cordile" is some sort of gin cocktail. I was wondering what you people were doing down under!

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  6. uh huh, to me this is in line with people who sue tobacco companies or McDonalds. I mean, if you were born after 1970 you know both of those things are not good for you. Its about personal responsibility...
    Missionaries... yeah, they are a special case. I agree with KBF in considering their belief that their mission would protect them. My mom went to an evangelical church when I was in High School it is impossible to explain to someone on the outside what it is like to be on the inside. The upside is that they surely died believing that they had done what they were supposed to do.

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  7. @Cailin: totally agree w/you..they would find comfort in that...

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  8. CailinMarie: Both you and KBF have me convinced about the missionaries. Those poor souls were very vulnerable.

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  9. Missionaries don't get my sympathy....You must be kidding, right? They want to force their beliefs on someone else. They want to convert, change, conquer, and impose beliefs on a group of people who feel fine as they are. The people "chosen" for "bible distribution" don't want to be conquered, they just want to be allowed to live. Of all places, they walk into a hungry lion's den (Somalia) and expect to walk out alive? Geesh.

    The guy who ran through the zoo - he is supposed to have my sympathy? How about the man who went to war for the USA - HE gets my sympathy. The former can cry by himself.

    I am with you - what on Earth were they thinking? Oh, wait - they were NOT thinking.

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  10. Egads. They are going to have to add yet another disclaimer to sign at the Lion Exhibit now for fear of being sued. "Do not feed the lions. Stay out of the lion cage. Do not attempt to race the lions because they will run outrun you no matter how fast you think you are. Even so-called 'tame' lions will maul and eat people given the opportunity, so stay out of the lion cage. This is your last warning."

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  12. Some people lack common sense and excel at stupidity. I feel saddened by their unfortunate demise, and stunned by their unwise choices, but in those famous words of Mrs. Gump..."Stupid is as stupid does!"
    I hope the families can find comfort and peace during their time of sorrow.
    Have a great weekend!~Ames

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  13. Im afraid no common sense comes into my head, and having that feeling o it wont happen to me. Its sheer stupidness and rather selfish to put your self in danger like that not only to yourself, but your family and also the people whos country you put yourself in danger to. have a lovely weekend, dee ;-)

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  14. A-M: It pretty much shocked me as well. No one deserves to have life taken away by another human being, but there is a stupidity factor I don't understand. With respect to the missionaries, I think CalinMarie and KBF have assessed it right. They were misguided in their belief that their mission would save them. If not, it was just dumb.

    Robin: Maybe they should give out tee shirts that read, "Lion Food."

    Ames: You got it! "Stupid is as stupid does!"

    Dee: How true. It is quite selfish.

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  15. You are so tighty righty in my book. You just wonder sometimes are they trying to end their existence, and if so why? I remember even as a young child walking away from some of my so called friends when they came up with some unbelievable why nots....!

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  16. Karen S: I read ya. I did many wild things in my life, but always controlled. Before my first wilderness trip, I studied everything I could about bears and snakes, and even took courses on survival. I had safety equipment and plotted my journeys with Rangers. There is a sure fire way to handle bears and snakes - stay away from them! It's common sense, and I thought that was instilled in human beings. I guess not.

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  17. Sounds like they might be contenders for the
    Darwin awards

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  18. Yeah, and at Sea World, they coop up killer whales who swim a hundred miles a day in the wild. No wonder they get cranky.
    Missionary's...... they should work for the Gideons and put bibles in hotel rooms. (Only)
    Help.... I got cabin fever!!!
    Manzi

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  19. Chibi Janine: Yeah, just not smart.

    Manzi: Got cabin fever? Get outside and take a hike - on a National Park trail!

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  20. Yeah, I've heard it literally does have something to do with personality type or chemical makeup of the individual. Some people are just drawn to do dangerous things. When the danger doesn't get them, the reward is a huge high of accomplishment.
    I guess we are all different, but I'm glad I was made with plenty of common sense. I may not break any records, but I'll probably live a nice, long life!

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  21. You are a tough minded old bastard.

    I wish I had written this post.

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  22. 'Yellow Rose' Jasmine: Well I certainly hope so!

    Bruce Coltin: Thank you, sir. There is probably a little emphasis on the "old," but basically, you are correct.

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  23. Bruce Coltin: Nah. I'd go with old.

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  24. I know I might piss some people off here, but that is exactly the way I feel about people who climb Mount Everest. First off, it is incredibly expensive to make that climb, and second, people do frequently DIE making the climb, so all that money they spent just went down the toilet. Third, I think that climbing Mount Everest is a totally selfish act. The only person you are out to prove something to is yourself, and once you do make it to the summit, well, that's it! And you still have to make it back down without dying somewhere along the way. So to sum it up, one has spent a sinful amount of money, and has done absolutely nothing to better mankind.

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