"Dogs and Cats Living Together"

If you have not done so already, get yourself over to the National Parks Traveler today and read the article titled "Is Altruism Dying?" Every once in awhile an idea is presented to me that is so different from what I had originally believed that it makes my head spin. The altruism article has altered my perspective on the "big picture" of National Parks. The article takes a look at the Student Conservation Association (SCA). If you've spent much time around the parks, you have probably run across an SCA volunteer. Participants in the SCA program do all sorts of great things for the parks, and in return, these volunteers usually fulfill internship credits or just gain great experience working in the parks. I am sure that the motives of these volunteers are pure. But, as the Traveler article points out, it is the motives of the for-profit motorized recreation companies which indirectly fund the SCA organization which must be scrutinized. And, if the SCA takes money from these guys, what does it say about the SCA? And if you know where the SCA is getting their money, and you choose to volunteer for them, what does it say about you?

Let me share a couple of quotes a friend of mine sent recently:
"Non-cooperation with evil is as much a responsibility as cooperation with good."
~ Gandhi
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
If you have volunteered for the SCA, please don't read this as an attack upon you. I had volunteered in the Parks once upon a time (through the Volunteers in Parks [VIP] program), and believe to my core that volunteering for something is of utmost importance. I can't stress that point enough. The focus here, is more along the lines of -- if the SCA is dependent upon the money from organizations which are trying to privatize the parks, then there is a problem that may be very difficult to fix.

The title of today's post comes from this exchange in the movie "Ghost Busters", which came to mind this morning as I was thinking about this issue (thinking of Bill Murray always makes me laugh). From IMDB:

Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.

Mayor: What do you mean, "biblical"?

Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath-of-God type stuff.

Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.

Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies. Rivers and seas boiling.

Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness. Earthquakes, volcanoes...

Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave.

Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together - mass hysteria.
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