Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
--C.S. Lewis--

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Squirrel Wars

I have two observations about this article, neither of which has much to do with the thesis. The first is this. How quintessentially British this picture accompanying the story is! Where else but in her majesty's realm would a gamekeeper pose with his dogs and a string of dead squirrels in a THREE-PIECE SUIT?

And the second point is how animal happenings seem to follow the human world. The proud red squirrel, with its lengthy history and tradition, is eclipsed by a larger American rival who eats more and is more aggressive. I can just picture a grumpy old British red squirrel angrily describing the greys with the phrase, "Overpaid, oversexed, and OVER HERE!"