City of Roses
|As I continue to read news about the tragic passing of Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, I came across this just now, from the popular left-wing political blog Daily Kos (I often like to hop between Daily Kos, The Moderate Voice and Red State daily, which are popular left-wing, moderate and right-wing blogs respectively, just to get the flavor for what the varying opinion is on many issues), and this comment, at least to me, left me shaking my head.
Here's what Markos himself said regarding Steve Irwin's fatal accident:
"Not political, I know. Irwin had two small children. I'll never understand parents who put themselves in such positions of danger knowing that a misstep can leave their children without a parent."
This comment really made me shake my head because, by his logic here, military people shouldn't have kids either, or anyone else who takes on a job whose life is often at risk, including police officers, firefighters, electricians, stunt performers, etc.
Heck, there's always a risk as it is when a parent has her children in a automobile that could be a crash. It's rare, certainly, but still a possibility, and that shouldn't mean any adult who intends to drive shouldn't have children.
Steve Irwin handled dangerous animals his whole life, and he wasn't a mere entertainer; he was teaching all kinds of people, especially young people, to see them as something worth preserving, to value them for the living things they are. He has been doing this since he was nine-years old, more than two decades before he became famous for it on his honeymoon in 1991 shooting the pilot episode for "The Crocodile Hunter" during it. He was well aware of the risks, and just happened to be a tragic victim in an ironic million-to-one kind of accident.
I think Steve Irwin was an outstanding voice for animals and the environment, and respect what he devoted his life to. Some have every right to criticize him in that he may have been too "married" to his work, but I believe Markos' comment was a bit thoughtless and below the belt, especially given the timing it was written, when millions of fans like myself are still grieving.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"