Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Irwin fans taking revenge on stingrays

Like you, I was saddened by the death of Steve Irwin.

What I really enjoyed about the guy was his passion and his ability to stare death in the eye and not blink. This is what he translated on camera which, won over many fans.

Since his death, there have been moving tributes and even a little humour; some tasteful and some, not so tasteful (I'm looking at you Matt Striker). However, what is interesting is how some fans are grieving.

According to the article above, people are actually hunting down stingrays. In the last few days, there have been groups popping up on Facebook such as "I'm hunting down the stingray that killed Steve Irwin." But, I never thought people would actually seek vengeance against the ocean creature.

Kind of makes you wonder; can vengeance in some cases, be a pathway to closure?

The Hek

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Anonymous said...

I've always been of two minds about this...

On the one hand, getting revenge on a single target that you know has screwed you over has a definite sense of primal justice to it, since the &%##&@^! who did whatever to you certainly won't care otherwise and it's perfectly plausible they may never receive their comeuppance (depends on how much weight you put into karma).

On the other hand, what does it really accomplish to sink down to the other person's level? And if you overdo it (which is perfectly possible), aren't they entitled to revenge on you? Plus, it's kinda petty to seek revenge on someone if nothing else they do will have an effect on you; in a way, it means they've won.

In conclusion, I'm not sure revenge really accomplishes anything (I don't think this one does) but at the same time I can see why I write stuff based on it.

- Mr. Wood

Claire said...

I can understand revenge when someone has plotted to destroy you and yours out of pure malice, but... a stingray did not plot to kill Steve Irwin. Steve Irwin made a carreer of getting into close proximity with dangerous animals and he was killed by a (not so) dangerous animal. When I stupidly kicked a bumblebee when I was five and it got stuck between my foot and my sandle and stung me, I did not go and hunt down the rest of the hive.

The Hek said...

What was that Klingon proverb?

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

In any case, emotions play a major factor when it comes to vengence. It's important to always think clearly