How to Convert a Universal CurrencyPosted by Carter Dillard, ALDF's Director of Litigation on December 5th, 2012
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When I told this story to a friend over dinner she said, in a completely matter-of-fact way, “there is something wrong with those people—the people that killed that bear.”
As an attorney, someone trained to see both sides, my reaction was that her way of seeing it could not be right. We can never say the other person is simply wrong. We have to understand that the other person just has another opinion, that they are seeing things differently, and we should try to see it from their perspective and understand that everyone is entitled to their point of view. If I were in the shoes of the Mountain Air landowners and management I would understand and appreciate the need to kill this disabled bear.
I think now, however, that I was wrong about that. Yes, appreciating others’ positions, others’ needs and desires, is the right way to go. We need to “walk a mile” in others’ shoes to truly understand, and function better in, the world around us. Those that don’t do it, criminals that fail to appreciate and respond correctly to their would-be victims’ suffering by not committing the crime, are taken away. And that is exactly why there is something wrong with the people that killed the bear. They didn’t do that. They failed to do that. They evidently did not place themselves in the position of a hungry, three-legged bear needing food from the wealthy owners of vacation homes just to survive, owners all too capable of easily relocating him to a place that would have been safe for everyone. And this wasn’t something novel or hard to feel, to appreciate and empathize with. It was hunger, something we can all, or should, appreciate and know. It’s a universal currency nobody wants—not even three legged bears.
I’ve come to understand that my friend was right—sometimes, there is something wrong with other people.