A Whale of a Contradiction

OK I admit it, there is no cable television at my house. No satellite either. That means no Nascar, no all-day sports; I don’t get the “happy” channel. (That’s what my wife calls the Home and Garden channel) And, if that isn’t enough, we don’t get Phineas and Ferb either. I know you must think that’s shocking. Of course this doesn’t stop me from getting my fill of cable TV whenever the opportunity arises, like vacation. I do like “Deadliest Catch”.

One of the new shows is “Whale Wars”. Now I am no expert on the exact premise of the show but this is my impression. 1) There are various ships in international waters hunting and killing whales. As far as I can tell they are doing this within the current legal guidelines. 2) Along with these ships is another ship whose purpose is to make it difficult (if not impossible) for the whaling ships to actually kill whales.

Two questions. First, if the whaling ships are acting illegally, then shouldn’t legal action be effective in stopping their illegal behavior? (or am I being too naïve?) Second, if the whaling ships are acting legally, then shouldn’t action be brought against those attacking them?

Imagine if you will, a ship out to protect crabs in the Bering Sea. They could have their own show called “Crustacean Conflicts”. It could bring a whole new aspect to “Deadliest Catch”. However, I can’t help but think that the whaling ships seem docile compared to the reaction one might expect the crew of a Crab-boat to have.

It’s funny (not really) how humans elevate some parts of creation over others. What is it that makes whales more important than crabs? Is it looks? Maybe it’s simply the number of crabs available. When supply goes up value does tend to go down!
Maybe that’s why humans are also losing their value, and losing their dignity; there are just too many of us.

But, the dignity that every member of the human race has is based not on quantity but on quality. Not just any quality either but the quality of “being created in the image and likeness of God.” If our culture had a perspective that elevated the created dignity of mankind (instead of the created dignity of whales) we would have completely different shows. Shows that support saving human lives. One might be called “The fight for the fetus”. The show itself would profile the struggle against the rising number of unborn children murdered each year in America. (1.2 million in 2008 http://www.mccl.org/Page.aspx?pid=400)

The truth is we should not want to overfish whales or crabs. But before that can happen we will first have to recapture human value, which humans in society should have already.

When I am on vacation for a week and I am able to watch cable to my hearts content. It takes less than a week to have my ‘fill’.

About Michael VanDerLinden

Father of five, Air Traffic Controller, Currently taking Seminary classes
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