November 12, 2009
This isn't strictly discussion time. Because I am going to risk influencing your comments by giving you my opinon first. But first, a little background so it will all make sense.
Not too far away from our neighborhood they are clearning land for a new housing development. This isn't unusual. Farmland here seems to get eaten by the day with new housing. What is unusual is that this land isn't farmland. It is basically the banks of the Jordan River. Which is also the home to a herd of deer. Are you starting to see the conflict? The deer are being driven out of their homes to build homes for people. As a result the deer are venturing out into traffic. Roads like 9000 S. (if you are familiar with Utah) are not the safest place for scared deer. We saw one hit last week. And I'm not talking about lying on the side of the road. We saw it run into traffic. We had plenty of time to stop. The truck in the other lane did not.
When discussing with this my husband I expressed my dismay. There are plenty of empty houses out there, I don't understand why we need to build more and more. Especially right now when there is no one to buy them. His response was exactly the opposite. He somehow pulled a summary of this reference from Daniel out of his head: "And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all." Basically, his view is that if people need houses then it's okay to drive animals out of their homes.
Okay, I get that. I see that. I'm not an extremesit or a vegetarian. But I can't help but think of this reference: "Yea, aflesh also of bbeasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used csparingly;" (D&C 89:12) Just because we have been made ruler over them all does not give us the right to recklessly kill them so someone can have their big house down by the river.
So, what do you think?
Sent out into the void by Rachel Ward at 2:32 PM