Re: Solo hiking
Susan Ganther (susan@EMAIL.UNC.EDU)
Wed, 2 Aug 1995 10:17:29 -0400
On Wed, 2 Aug 1995, Bruce Ward wrote:
> Personal rights go so far - BUT must be balanced by our responsibility
> to others in the community in which we live.
Bruce, I don't mean to sound callous, but restriciting civil liberties
for the public good has always been a trade off. If we take your line of
logic and extend it a little further you could say that it would be
unnecessary for any police officer to ever die in the line of duty if all
citizens would just be considerate enough to stay home within fortified
walls and not venture out at all. They would then be perfectly safe and
noone need feel compelled to protect them from their own inconsiderate
indulgence in their desire to leave their homes.
How improtant is it to you to be permitted to be able to seek solitude?
I suspect that you place very little value on this at all. For some of us
this is a highly regarded right, even a necessity. I am not alone in
feeling this need, I share the opinion of people like Thoreau, Muir and
others who have been better able to express themselves and so escaped
being characterized an inconsiderate jerks.
The old joke about there being three ways of doing things, the right way,
the wrong way, and the army way applies here. Depending on the point of
view there is the right way, the wrong way, and the BSA way. I am sure we
can agree that when working with the Scouts we must do it the BSA way,
but when solo hiking, I am obviously NOT with the Scouts and therefor
will choose to do it the 'right' way. (As in my right to do it my way.)
BTW, if I don't tell anyone I am going, how will they know to look
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City