Take heart

Fri, 09/03/2021 - 7:02am

To the Editor,

Some end of summer observations.
Goldenrod is out but noticeably scarce; and I saw my first shooting star, the flower, noticeable in its singularity. And then yesterday, I spotted an impressively antlered buck dash across Old Mill Road and disappear into the greenery. Why bucks grow a new set of antlers each year when it’s time to breed is a macho thing. Showing off their superiority as breeding stock. And why hunters favor them to shoot, the bigger rack the better, is likewise a male thing. With absolutely no reason to justify it. Stupid, like so many male things. As food they’re not nearly so tender as a doe or younger deer. Think of Teddy Roosevelt who proudly killed all those beautiful animals whose mounted heads now hang forlornly in a gallery of New York’s Museum of Natural History. Really disgusting in today’s more ecologically enlightened time. Yet in his era, TR was among our more enlightened and thoughtful Presidents.
It makes me think of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words about the arc of the moral universe bending toward justice. I think it does. Take heart.

P S Wood
Old Mill Road