Wednesday, September 27, 2006
I'm sorry: wilderness is not wheelchair friendly.
Wilderness is a place where natural rules obtain: no motorized vehicles. Period. If you can't get there on your own two feet, you can't get there.
Wilderness has no obligation to offer itself for destruction to make way for humans who are unfortunate enough to be unable to walk into wilderness on their own two feet. That's just the way it is. Get over it. Forget about it. Let it pass. People who are handicapped are different, and no amount of liberal whining and hand-clasping can change that.
Biologists have a technical term for handicapped animals in the wilderness; they call them "lunch."
Human beings are not born equal, no matter how the Constitution of the united States of America is intepreted. We're different, each and every one. We each have unique abilities and limitations. Human society does not have an obligation to ensure that each and every human being has the same capabilities as each and every other human being. This is impossible.
Let's celebrate each other for what we can do, and stop pretending everyone can do every thing.
Let's celebrate wilderness for what it is, a place free from human manipulation, and let's stop trying to make wilderness into a therapist's couch for the ills of one single species. Wilderness does not exist to make us feel better about ourselves. Wilderness exists for itself or it does not exist at all.