posted on Dec, 29 2008 @ 12:53 AM
Originally posted by spinkyboo
How can you have respect for anything that you refer to in this way?
The thrill of the kill? I'm missing something here. I don't see any inkling of respect.
It isn't something I can fully explain to you in words, but yes you are missing something.
Perhaps this can help. Fishing.
I love to fish. One day, many years ago on Bob Hall pier at Padre Island I was fishing at the very end of the pier and up until this time the biggest
fish I had ever caught was a 24 inch fresh water Pike, but this day something really big hit my line. Bent the rod like it was nothing at all and me
with only 20lb test line on the reel. I kept my cool and set my drag and started working this fish, keeping the pressure on the line but not too much
pressure as to snap the line, reeling in what I could when I could only to feel him “run” time after time. 75 minutes later, I reeled in a 52 inch
Bull Red Drum (redfish), my arms were so tired, they both cramped up like crazy, but there he was this big beautiful fish, that I caught and landed
after a long and exhausting fight. And he was beautiful, his golden red scales iridescent in the sun, there was at least 50 people out there on the
pier that day, all applauding. Quickly, we took pictures and lowered this mammoth beast back into the water in a net basket and watched over him as he
gathered his strength and swam off.
The thrill was in the accomplishment, not everyone has done this, the respect was in that I made sure this creature was safely returned to the water
in good condition and health. I even let him keep the bait from my hook, he earned it. If that story doesn’t touch you, I can’t help you but to
only let you know you are missing out on some of the best aspects of life.
Hunting is the same way, it is a process of decisions and skill that can reward you with a tasty meal or leave you to go hungry. There are times when
I hunt, I basically just watch nature, things must be a certain way before I squeeze that trigger. I never want a creature to suffer and if I can't
take him with out him suffering, I don't take him....respect.
I hope this helps you to understand.
[edit on 12/29/2008 by eaganthorn]