My trouble grappling with this war comes from my disbelief that anyone in this country is still in support of it. There has to be a large population of the country that still believes that Iraq is being made a better place by enforcing our help on them. On a recent dinner with Isaac, he told me this tale…which I think should be told to anyone who thinks that they should enforce their help on another whether or not the other wants it.
They give a warning on the beaches of Costa Rica, “Don’t help the sea turtles!” Visitors go to the Costa Rican beaches to see the sea turtles lay their eggs, hatch, and crawl back to the ocean. The mothers have to be sure not to lay her eggs to far away as many baby sea turtles are snatched up by predators. Knowing this, many good-natured tourists will help the babies on their journey by picking them up and placing them at the waterline. This is so sweet. I mean, why wouldn’t the turtle want to be placed closer to it’s goal?
Well, here’s why…
Most of these baby turtles will drown.
We don’t always know what’s best for someone else. These turtles’ mother thoughtfully placed the nest far enough from the waterline to allow their little turtle-legs to build up the muscles needed to swim in the demanding currents of the ocean. Obviously they want to reach the ocean, but you can’t force the ocean on them. Forcing them into the ocean means forcing them into an environment that they are not ready for, can not handle, and will eventually reject them.
Oh, but really…not all these baby turtles drown. What if I just move them a little bit closer to help them out? They look like they really want to get to the ocean!
True. Not all of them drown. The ones that don’t drown live in the oceans all their lives, unable to return to the beach because they have not spent enough time their to learn its scent. These turtles live, but you’ve just destroyed their ability to raise a family. In effect, you’ve crippled their ability to live and thrive as turtles.
I know you think you’re helping, but if you wind up killing and/or crippling those you’re trying to help…do you think they really appreciate it?
Think about it.