How about varmint hunting Randy? I know where there are a few huge prairie dog towns. Ranchers hate 'em cuz a cow can step in a hole and break a leg. They usually poison them. I think I'd rather take a bullet than be poisoned. They reproduce like crazy and a prairie dog town can cover a lot of pasture fairly quick. I love to load up several hundred round for my .308 and blast the hell out of them. I guess I've really never considered myself to have a major personality disorder (well not for that anyway!!) because I like to blast those little hole digging varmints. And deer? I used to work in an auto body repair shop. The #1 repair: Deer hits!! There are so many deer and antelope around here I don't think we could kill 'em all if we tried. I live in town. At least a dozen times over this summer I'm sitting on my back deck and here comes a deer, right thru my back yard. Gives me the finger and across the road he goes... And, of course they can be a nuisance to the farmers when there are too many deer. We really need to hunt them to keep the population under control. I asked one farmer I know if I could hunt on his land. He said I could come out as long as was NOT deer season and I could kill all of them I want, as long as I would leave them lay... He apparently hates the Game and Fish Dept... Needless to say, I did not do that!! But the deer were getting into his feed and hay.
And it seems every segment of our society has it's share of assholes. Even hunters... and the more people that are around, it seems the asshole ratio goes up. I know you live in Iowa and there are a LOT more people there than in South Dakota. So it stands to reason you would have to deal with more assholes. Can you imagine how many assholes there must be in New York? Washington, DC? I know there are good people there and certainly in Iowa too, but it seems like the assholes are always getting the most attention. At one time, the law of natural selection would weed out the assholes. But now, it seems like we're living in an era where the assholes are thriving. I wish I had some sage advice to give on living in this "Age of Assholes". I would like an open season to reduce the number of assholes in our society. I don't see that happening though...
I do try to associate with people of respect. And that's whats missing now days. That's why I like HPT. This is an "asshole free" zone that seems to be populated with respectful adults. I can have a little disagreement with Randy and discuss it in a meaningful productive way. And have some fun and maybe learn a little something from each other along the way.
I bet I know what Randy is thinking about me when he reads this: "Jason, you asshole..."
Nope, having an opposing opinion does not make one anm asshole as long as what you referenced remains true; respectful disagreement.
With that said I will counter what you are saying by pointing out that that is koolaide my friend. Simply because an animal species becomes inconvenient
does not warrant instituting an all out war on that species. I have driven for 45 years and have NEVER hit a deer. On my motorcycle or 4 wheeled vehicles. Why? Because I am aware that deer are out during full moons and slow down, or I slow down at night anyway not because I am a timid human being but because I don't need to run into all the critters on these country roads at night. The vast majority of folks tend to overdrive their headlights. Can't fix stupid but you can fix their cars and trucks so why worry about keeping folks busy doing so? You are the capitalist, not me.
Varmint hunting is definitely one of the things I have no respect for. So I will start a fight here on that. With that said you can guess my feeling towards the poor inconvenienced millionaire rancher. Even if they are not millionaire ranchers, the critters own the ground not the people. If a bovine steps in the hole and breaks a leg I am cold hearted enough to not worry about it, survival of the fittest. The smart ones don't step in holes, beside that one dead animal will keep the coyotes off the rest of the poor ranchers money. I have less respect for ranchers than I do anyone else on earth. They are biggest whiners of all the ag branches and are given the most from the farm bill per dollar spent. I'm not really sure why we need a farm bill. It's a business like all other businesses. If poor choices are made a farmer goes under, big deal. There will be someone else waiting to buy him out and continue farming that land. I have no sympathy. They earn almost half their wages off the taxpayer subsidies. This to me makes no sense. But we whine about the folks that NEED assistance being a drain on taxes. Most folks are SOOO uninformed.
We definetly agree on the assholes becoming overpopulated though. That, to me, is the result of lessening social mores. It has been documented many times, and I'll fish the cites up if you really want to see them, that we have reduced our moral awareness many fold since the sixties. Ethics are regenerated to lower level each decade. Our forefathers of just two generations ago would would want to commit suicide just get out of the degree of moral filth we live in now but consider normal. Most folks see the roaring twenties as a low spot in American morals. Not hardly. And pot smokers are/have been considered as widespread in the sixties when in reality they constituted less than 12% of the population in 1969, the highest year recorded until 2000. This was just in the news so I looked it up in the college library (scholarly sources
) and it seems to be factual from what I could find. The media tends to magnify reality for posterity as we all know. In truth the roaring twenties was pretty much confined to New york and Chicago. Not as widespread as most folks have been led to believe. Most folks where God fearing Christians and lived predominately on farms back in those times but time were actively changing and more folks were really moving off the farms to where the work was. But considering this was when a large farm was 60-80 acres and working it was a year round job for low pay it was no wonder.
But I'm digressing...
We disagree on what is fun in life. That is to be expected. Killing for fun is to me, well, to put it mildly, ...I can't put it mildly so I'll bite my tongue.
I don't believe self-deceit to justify doing something amoral is healthy however. And killing for the reasons you outlined fits this description.