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Change isn’t always good

Cleve-CheneyChange they say is inevitable and indeed the rate of change we see around us in the world today is quite alarming to say the least. Change may be for the better but I cannot agree that it is always good. On the contrary much of the change I see happening in the world today is not good. A steep descent into moral anarchy and decay appears to be the norm and is applauded by those regarding themselves as liberally minded. What astounds me is that “conservatively minded” people accept the “enlightenment” (so called).

A native of North America many years ago when observing the immoral behaviour of the white settlers to the continent, their lack of scruples, honesty and integrity, already in those days (late 1800’s), warned that “if you continue to foul your own bed one day you will suffocate in your own waste”. Truly we are seeing this come to pass as we begin to reap the rewards of our own, for want of a better word, “unrighteousness”. I question change the result of which is worse than whatever it replaced. I do not agree that “change” – whatever it is – is set in stone and that we cannot go back to something that was better. Change that results in something of poorer quality whether it be in terms of morality, experience or whatever does not have to be accepted. Those of you that read the Scriptures may be familiar with the term “repent”. In its original context it means to “turn and go back to something”.

Progress does not necessarily mean “going forward”. The kind of “progress” we are experiencing in the world today is of the most decadent kind. Perhaps it is time that we did an abrupt about turn and went back to better things we have left behind.
So where am I going with all this? Well change has occurred in the activity (I am reluctant to use the word “sport”) of hunting. It was not like it used to be. I am not referring necessarily to the equipment we hunt with. We have seen quite remarkable changes in the sophistication and technological development of hunting weapons be they firearms or bows. Some of the changes in this regard have been for the good. What I am referring to is the WAY we hunt. It is so far removed from what used to be and I for one do not see the changes as good (that is my opinion and you are welcome to differ). This is discussed in a two part article entitled “Have we lost the plot?”

Read these articles and chew on them. Get out into the bush, make yourself a fire under the stars and think about where change has brought us. Perhaps it is time we “go back”.

Happy and safe hunting.

Cleve Cheney
Hunting editor


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