As any parent, the most majestic scenes for me were the births of my children, spectacles that could have only been orchestrated by God, and at one point it was the most empowering and humbling experience possible. Beyond that, I've witnessed other wonderful scenes brought to us on this planet that also serve as reminders of how grateful and how humble we should also remain. One scene for me occurred in North Dakota where I sat in a truck not far from a nuclear missile silo. The sun was falling, and the miles of skyscraper (tall sunflowers) served as the backdrop for this cool picture perfect evening. And there it was. a giant owl not in flight but gliding through the sky without flapping its wings.
The owl maneuvered with the grace of an Olympic ice-skater and defied gravity by moving higher and lower at will. The owl was on the prowl for an evening meal, and the intended target would never see or hear it coming. It was simply a blessing to sit there to watch, absorb, and appreciate that moment.
Natural Selection and the Free Markets
This brings me to the news the Obama administration is prepared to shoot and kill the barred owl in an effort to save the spotted owl. Keep in mind the spotted owl became a major cause of contention as efforts to save it from loggers eventually saw hundreds of logger jobs lost as millions of acres were set aside for their protection. Those special efforts haven't stopped the population of the spotted owl from plummeting more than 40% over the last 25 years. So, once again drastic measures must be taken.
In this case, Ken Salazar has given the green light to shoot and kill the larger cousin to the spotted owl. Environmentalists have taken to calling the barred owl, just 2 pounds in weight, a "bully" driving out their symbol of victory against mankind and capitalism.