Conflicting ideologies

Deer are here because they think the human-made environment is better – tasty food of greater nutritional content, and very few cougars

In decrying humans motivated by “insane ideologies”, in the April 17 Oak Bay News, is the letter writer referring to the most murderous ideology of the 20th century?

That’s the ideology that most environmental activists follow, the one teaching that humans are uncreative and untrustworthy, the one with a shortage mentality despite evidence of productivity and caring all around. (Consider, for example, the inaugural issue of The Ecologist magazine, whose editorial refers to humans as parasites. And David Suzuki’s speech to the Occupy mob in Vancouver, in which he blamed corporations for environmental problems that aren’t occurring – further outed himself as a neo-Marxist with that blathering.)

By the way, deer are here because they think the human-made environment is better – tasty food of greater nutritional content, and very few cougars. Cars they may not understand, though I saw a full-grown one being very cautious about crossing a busy road, so perhaps they are learning and passing that on to their young.

Centuries and more ago, deer were farmed here, in effect, by tribal people who cleared land to increase interface vegetation for deer to eat and take shelter in. That’s the source of most of the Garry Oak “meadows” that some people worship. Hmm, with the interest in backyard chickens and goats, could neighbours organize a larger area to produce venison? That would avoid the umpty-thousand kilometre diet from New Zealand.

Keith Sketchley

 

Saanich