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Eating The Eggs Of Vigilance
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York
City, August 4--Some Terrorists like to eat their victims--or, sell their babies to be eaten by others.
In a world torn by Terrorism of all shapes
and sizes, the poachers who are stealing sea turtle eggs and selling them
for $35 a dozen, rank high on the list.
To some, the crime of stealing freshly laid
sea turtle eggs and eating them raw to enhance sexual performance might
seem like a whisper in the wind compared to the suicide bombings in
Israel, or the threat of Al Queda's next attack here in the U.S.
But it's just symptomatic of an effort by human beings to neglect
Vigilance and embrace Terrorism.
This morning, I was torn over which of
three stories to write. First, a recording of firemen who had reached the
78th floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center. For
nearly a year, this tape has been held in secrecy as part of the upcoming
trial of the alleged 20th Nine Eleven plane hijacker, Zacarias Moussaoui.
On it were the Voices of firemen, struggling to rescue the victims. Prior to the release of this tape,
authorities thought the highest floor reached by the rescue teams was the 51st
The tapes were played to family members, under secrecy agreements, so they
could remember their loved one's last words as they fought to save others.
The key to this story was the comment one widow offered regarding her
husband: "There was no fear in his Voice. He wasn't afraid.
He was doing his job." I thought about her
comment--knowing her husband's Courage was greater than his Fear, proud of
his Vigilance over the Terror of the event.
Secondly, there was the story of 25-year-old Nathan Maddox who went
up on the sixth-floor rooftop with his girlfriend during the recent
thunder and lightening storm to dance in the rain and watch the spectacle
of Nature igniting the sky as warm and cold air met. This past
Friday was one of the hottest days in New York history with
temperatures reaching 97 degrees. The two-hour storm was
refreshing. My wife and I were babysitting our
grandchildren, ages four and six. Our daughter and son-in-law
went out for the evening, and the next morning my son-in-law was heading
for Guatemala to spend two weeks working with indigenous people in a small
village called San Lucas Toliman. I was at my computer
printing pictures of the area from the web to show his children where
"daddy was" when the storm hit. I opened the window and looked
out, listening to the cracks of thunder and awed by the roar of
lightening. Not too far away, Nathan and his girlfriend dancing in the rain, soaking up Nature's fireworks
were struck by a bolt of lightening killing him instantly.
I thought about the story of a young man enthralled by nature, feeling
safe on a six-story building cocooned by even more giant structures that
seemed to protect him. But then in a flash, in a flicker
of time, she survived but was violently thrown to the other side of the rooftop and he was struck dead, reminding me of the fragility of life, and how
ultimately Nature rules us all, regardless of our pompous attitude that
we, human beings, are in charge of our destiny.
Finally, there was the sea turtle eggs story. It
appeared to be a mundane subject in light of all the other news coiling like
a serpent around the Staff of Vigilance. Suicide
bombings, WorldCom executives being arrested, murders, rapes, overall
degradation of seemingly all moral dogma.
But what struck me most about all the news
of the day, was the idea of some poacher crawling on his belly in the
sands of Florida to cover his tracks and not be detected by fish and game
surveillance teams hiding behind sand dunes with night vision goggles, and
digging up a freshly mothered nest of endangered sea turtle eggs to be
eaten by those who treasure them for their supposed enhancement of sexual potency.
The sea turtle story was so bizarre it
deserved added attention and had the earmarks of a good story.
Vigilance, from my viewpoint, is about
keeping in the foremost of your mind the vision of the children, and the
children's children's children.
I find it hard to talk to my
grandchildren about why people kill other people, or why one human being
would strap a bomb on his or her chest and kill others to make a point.
Or why a man would abduct, molest and kill a little child. I
find it hard to discuss these events with adults, let alone with innocent
But stealing sea turtle eggs and eating
them....yes...that rings of worthiness to be dispersed. It is a
story of the evolution of Terrorism, about how some people care so little
about others they would rob a mother's nest and eat her babies just
because they "tasted good" or intensified their sexual gratification.
In economics, there is a guideline
that holds Truth for all of us in all other areas of life--morality,
spirituality, human consideration. It is that "if you watch
your pennies, your dollars will take care of themselves."
I take it to mean that if I am conscious of
the smallest details of Vigilance and Terrorism, I can handle the biggest
I'm not particularly an environmentalist, or run
around advocating "Save The Planet," or have an urge to climb a tree and
squat in it so the lumberjacks won't cut it down and destroy the home of
the Spotted Owl. From Oregon, I'm more of lumberjack
than a Green-Peacer.
But as a grandparent, and a Vigilance Hunter, I
keep a wary eye for lessons I can pass on to my grandkids and others about
the threats of Terrorism. And the biggest threat of all
is Complacency, where we abdicate our responsibility to others, and assume
the liability for correcting the ills of the world that fall on the shoulders
of government or some "higher authority."
But I likened the sea turtle egg Terrorism to
that of abortion. I likened it to the bombings in
Israel. To the attacks on the World Trade Center. To the
abduction, rape and killing of young children by twisted, demented humans.
I likened it to lightening striking the unsuspecting, the unwary, the
And the crime is not the theft of the eggs, but
the eating of them. The real Terrorists are those who are willing
to pay for and eat the Babies of Vigilance, the embryo of a beautiful
creature whose existence on this earth is dwindling.
I point my finger at the consumers of the sea
turtle eggs, just as I point my finger at those who think the U.S.
government is in charge of stopping Terrorism, or who believe by killing
Osama bin Laden or invading Iraq we will somehow stop the march of
Terrorism into our society. It already exists. It always has.
It always will.
But Terrorism is not about Osama bin Laden,
or Saddam Hussein, or the abductors of little children. Terrorism is
about Fear, Intimidation and worst of all, Complacency. It is about
each individual, each parent, grandparent, loved one, not taking
responsibility for Courage, Conviction and Right Action within their
homes, their community, their district, region and nation.
A sea turtle egg can be a grain of
sand on a beach littered with much greater issues, or it can stand as a
monolith of Terrorism, ranking equally with the World Trade Center or
recent bombings of the Hebrew University, or WorldCom/Enron scandals.
It becomes a perspective, a penny that grows into a dollar.
Southeastern Florida is the major
nesting site for the sea turtle in the continental United Sates.
Over 90 percent of all sea turtles breed their young here. Nearly 10,000
nests are dug by the turtles where they lay upwards of 100 eggs.
The problem is that Florida represents the only place in the Western
Hemisphere where the turtles nest in thousands, reported David Godrey,
executive director of the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, a sea turtle
research and conservation group.
The business is so lucrative for the
poachers, they hire drug addicts to dig up the eggs since the fine for
selling eggs is a misdemeanor while stealing them is a felony.
Game Wardens conduct undercover "stings," posing as buyers, much as drug
enforcement officers to stop the flow of narcotics. But they
are severely understaffed, and the area where the turtles lay their eggs
encompasses a 100 miles of beach. At $36 a dozen, one nest
banks a poacher $300. In one night, a top poacher can earn
thousands. The cost to the consumer of a ping-pong ball sized sea
turtle egg is currently estimated to be three dollars.
So what's a sea turtle egg?
It's not unlike an embryo in an
To a liberal adult who has chosen to
look at life as a "choice," and has elected to rule over the right of life
of a child, or, grants that right of life to others who may elect to abort
their children, there is no room for them to feel aghast at the abortion
of sea turtle eggs.
They have elected to be Terrorists of
Life. There is no escaping the fact that the right to chose
whether someone inside them lives or dies is different than another person
choosing to eat a sea turtle egg. Abortion is abortion,
whether sea turtle eggs or human embryos.
Nature doesn't draw a line in this
Procreation is a purpose of life itself.
Interfering with it is a crime against Nature. We cannot
compartmentalize the issue, no matter how hard we intellectualize it, and
no matter what laws "legalize it." Nature's law rules.
Just ask Jenesse Utley, 24, the girlfriend of Nathan Maddox, the young man
struck dead by lightening. She knows Nature ultimately rules over
life and death, not us.
But we control the degrees of
Terrorism that impact our lives.
The only reason I can imagine a woman
electing to have an abortion is that she is terrified of having a child,
or another child. Her Fears, her Intimidations and her
Complacencies overpower her Courage, Conviction and Right Action.
The result is, she eats a sea turtle egg.
Life is the most precious commodity
we have. When a Terrorist takes a life, he or she incurs
the wrath of Nature. So does a rapist, a murderer or anyone who
takes the power of life and death into his or her hands.
My grandchildren can be taught that
humans eating the eggs of the mother sea turtle for the sheer pleasure of
receiving sexual satisfaction is wrong, selfish, greedy, unfair, a
crime against Nature. By teaching them this, they are
infused with an appreciation of life. They learn that "taking
life" for no justifiable reason violates the moral code of Nature.
It is a step on the ladder toward teaching them that the child inside a
woman's womb is just as precious as a sea turtle egg.
And, it is equally fair to teach a child that if starving, and the only food to eat was a sea
turtle egg, that Nature would not argue the point. But to eat
only enough to fill oneself is the key. And, prior to eating
the egg, to ask permission of Mother Nature, to respect the fact that we
all need each other, that we are all symbiotically attached.
The lesson in Vigilance for the
child would be to teach the child not to be greedy--to take more eggs than
he or she needed to survive. It would take Courage and
Conviction to muster the Right Action and only "take what was needed."
The Terrorism of "starving" might force one to take more than he or she
needed because Fear, Intimidation and Complacency over the plight of the
turtles became secondary to the thirst to sate the belly.
It is these kinds of lessons
that a Parent of Vigilance, a Citizen of Vigilance, a Loved One of
Vigilance, willingly offers to a child. Looking over the
horizon at the children's children's children, they will be denied sea
turtles if the poaching continues, if society turns its head to this
"grain of sand."
Similarly, abortion will destroy our
responsibility as parents if we turn our heads to it, if we hide behind
manmade laws and shout: "It's my body, I have the right to choose
over life and death."
If that were the case, we could kill
anyone or anything with immunity, whether it be a sea turtle egg or the
noisy neighbor who plays her stereo so loud we can't sleep.
Adults draw all kinds of boxes around
morality. Children don't.
Try to explain to a child the crime
of stealing sea turtles and the right of a mother to kill a baby in her
belly. You'll find the child's eye fill with Terror at the
idea any mother would consider killing the beauty of life within her.
Children see life for what it
is--life. They see children as the innocent, the inheritors of
the earth, members of Nature. All the creatures are
That's why Winnie The Pooh, and Mickey
Mouse, and Little Bear and hundreds of other cartoons and story books
feature animals. The lessons of morality don't come from
human beings, they come from Nature's creatures who don't make arbitrary
laws that fit their selfishness at any particular moment in time.
Children are brought up to
respect and admire Nature. Their favorite characters
aren't movie stars, but animated "things" like Thomas Train, or Lowly
Worm, one of Richard Scarry's multitude of "creatures" who teach children
the fundamentals of life's core values--friendship, love, caring, concern,
community, respect for life, teamwork, problem solving, and, most of all,
love for life.
My grandkids are fans of the Land
Before Time videos. As I watch the shows with them, I am
utterly amazed at the virtues being taught by the "long necks" that
inhabit the Paradise of the valley they live in. Of course, I love
the fact that Grandpa LongNeck issues out so many wisdoms, but the essence
of the show is about a diverse group of dinosaurs working together to
learn lessons about life. And then there is the
Terrorist--the T-Rex--the "sharp tooth" who always tries to "eat the
The videos constantly exhibit the
weakness of the LongNecks, their inability to fight off the voracious
"sharp- toothed Terrorists" because they are not violent creature, they
are vegetarians, not meat eaters. But they always ban
together, unify, become Citizens of Vigilance and end the Terrorism
because they became one.
They are Vigilance Videos,
teaching the child to overcome his or her Fears, Intimidations and
Complacencies with Courage, Conviction and Right Actions. And,
they are done with dignity and pride, as well as rich in values.
If I suggested to my
grandchildren to eat a dinosaur egg because it tasted good, and to forget
about the fun little creature inside it who romped through the forest
chasing butterflies and exploring the magic of the world, my grandkids
would probably not let me in their apartment ever again.
In my bathroom my wife stuck a
picture of me when I was three or four years old on the wall.
She wrote on it a message for me: "I Am God's Kid!"
Each morning I look at it and am
driven out of my adult skin, back to a child with eyes full of hope,
belief and ambition to learn about life, to uncover and discover its most
I am reminded by the picture that
Mother Nature is my mother, and my mother's Mother, and her mother's
mother's Mother. I have to remember that I'm not a just
a human being.....but instead a human being a human....just another
creature on this earth with no special privileges that any other creature
That's the message children get when
they read story books. They are taught they are "part of
Nature," not separate from it. Yet, somewhere along the
line we think we rise above our first mother, Nature Herself.
Somewhere along the evolution of our
thinking, we cast away the thought of a child, and build a shell around
us, assuming we have the right to indiscriminately take lives for no other
reason than selfishness--the eating of a sea turtle egg; the abortion
because its "incontinent" or "too much trouble," or "too embarrassing;" or
we think we can strap on a bomb and kill others; or fly into buildings; or
abduct and molest and kill children; or walk past some one abusing a child
or another because we "don't want to get involved;" or, become Complacent
and say "It's your body, you have the right to chose;" or simply shy away
from the fact we are the Children of Vigilance, and accept we are Victims
A sea turtle egg?
Yes. It's an
important issue. It's all about where we draw the line.
Where is your line? If you haven't drawn one, do so.
And, remember, you can always move it. If you don't believe me, then
ask Mother Nature.
Go Aug. 3--Crocodile
Hunter For Homeland Security
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