The letter from John Gajdos (December 25), saying essentially that if you lie down on the beach at Oceano you should expect to be run over by a gasoline-powered vehicle, is striking. By the same logic, the family of the little 4-year-old boy who was killed by a truck some months ago while playing in the sand at the beach should have expected that tragedy.
It is easy to find compassion for people who have spent tens of thousands of dollars on vehicles that provide recreation by burning gasoline, since this commodity is not going to last forever. Nobody likes change. People want to continue getting pleasure as they are accustomed to getting it.
It is also easy to find compassion for people who like to enjoy the blessings of nature undisturbed and without undue danger. The beach and dunes at Oceano are a marvelous resource for all who love to go to nature to feel the renewal of life that abounds there naturally, that soothes and fortifies and gives an impulse of peace and serenity to their
Many people around the world are beginning to realize that humanity’s survival depends upon having a viable habitat. Many people are trying to change their habits to include regard for the earth, for nature, and for other people. Many people are learning to find compassion, even for those who seem different from them. Let’s try to figure out how to share our resources without damaging the many life forms that depend upon us to protect them and their habitat. Let’s work together to make sure that we all can benefit from the bounty nature offers us in this spectacular part of the world.