by: Davis Yancy Clegg
As one of the most powerful democracy in the world, you have the United States government and privately funded institutions spend billions upon billions of dollars funding efforts to prevent deforestation, reduce fossil fuel CO2 emissions and related environmental impacting industries. Furthermore, the public donates millions to plant trees and improving other nations rate of developing more efficient energy programs. No one is going to argue the fact that battling the amount of CO2 surrounding our lungs is a top priority issue. It’s that fact that proves the governments’ allocation of funding lands a little on the side of absurdity. How so? The earth is now 71% covered in the most efficient source for absorbing carbon-dioxide known to man. The Oceans. In fact, billions of dollars from industry are poorly spent in an effort to perform a task 180 degrees from protection. We are effectively destroying the best chance we have for winning the war against the poisoning an extinction of mankind. For most ocean-goers, the mention of sharks in any context isn’t particularly one you would consider to be a conversation riddled with good luck. Such a deep-seeded fear of these predators has been instilled in millions of Americans and world citizens, absent of any relevant fact-based information. Moreover, there exists misconceptions about sharks that are being sold. Many takers are very ill and vulnerable individuals. There are hundreds of thousands of cancer patients dealing with the most extreme cases of punitive pain imaginable, taking place around the clock, and many who consider themselves quite fortunate to be able to ease out of bed and back, a few times at most. So they reach for the treatment which is popular. At least, it carries some notoriety in scientific social circles– derived from the cartilage of a needlessly slaughtered tiger shark – has no properties that show any evidence of effectiveness in the treatment of cancer. In treatment centers all across America, sharks killed in vein or being used to give false hope to people in need of real treatment and not scientists playing a game of sadistic Jenga, pulling planks right out from under the days-worked feet of America’s working men and women. The proof has been public record. Their job descriptions echoes what it means to be the support which strong back provides.
If you grew up in any southern town is with little awareness and exponentially becoming a regular occurrence. more often than any of us would like, that we let the dramatic embellishments being brought to completely containable situations skew or focus. We have to be diligent in ways of how we perceive things and the reactions within that try to find without!
“Many people continue to think of sharks as man-eating beasts. Sharks are enormously powerful and wild creatures, but you’re more likely to be killed by your kitchen toaster than a shark!”
Choosing a shark theme for the month of September/October – as you may have put it together at this point – my first annual “Shark Month wasn’t meant for the sole purpose of freaking you out. Don’t get me wrong! I am a sucker for a scare. I love a good, unexpected popcorn jolt right in the face, accompanied by the ever-attractive coke-spewing nostrils! But to end on a more diligent note, please be cautious and thorough in choosing the sources you use as a consistent source. A well informed public isn’t one that just watches the news from the same point of view day in and day out. A well informed public is one that does consider multiple streams of information and ties elements together, hopefully succeeding in recreating a proposed scenario. Sharks need only be respected. It is us that need be feared!
Have some fun with the kids and look for shark teeth at our beaches.
Thereafter come and join us on a Family Friendly Sunset Cruise. (continue…)