Hey First time here.
My brother "Alo Fett" asked me to come and aid him in explaning his point of veiw. Now I'm not as nice as my brother and I enjoy "tweaking" people, so this might get ugly. That and I'm grilling burgers right now and can't take the time to be civil or to do properly correct spelling and quote formats.
"It's not that we should save these whales because they are too helpless, it is our responsibility to save them because it's our fault. These whales are in trouble because of us, not because of their own mistakes or misgivings"
True. My brother thinks that whaling is horrible and should be stopped. He also thinks that it is our responsibility to save them. He just thinks that we should make sure that the whalers have other jobs and traning first. Save the whales, just don't screw the people while your at it.
"And Whaling is the solution to no running water? And there are MANY other things you can use other than whale blubber"
My brother is not saying that whaling is the answer to the worlds problems or that we need whaling to survive. What he saying is that people need money to survive, and that to just outright ban whaling is basicly sentencing them to death.
"Yes we should consider the people who are whaling, but as has been stated, this stuff has happened before. The situation you described has happened many times to people during technological revolutions. Its harsh, but it happens, and these people are not going to be completely useless. Most whalers have a skill in fishing or shrimping as well as whaling. (Also, maybe try some grammar checks on you work...)"
If you're going to wail on someone for lousy grammer, pick on bats. I can't even tell what he's trying to say...
The difference between your post and Devil Girl's (great post by the way) is that she said that "There must be help available so that they can do that." and thinks about the people as well as the whales vs you who basically be summed up as saying "Shit happens, so save the whales". And have you never heard the song "The Downeaster "Alexa"" by Billy Joel? It's hard to get a job fishing, especially in a place like Japan, where they are currently overfishing. Oh whoops. Sorry. I geuss your post says "Shit happens, so save the whales and screw the fish".
"Evolution does not say "Those who are on top can do whatever they want", It is "Survival of the fittest". If we are as smart and fit as we think we are, we will be intelligent enough to save the enviroment that we destroyed in the first place. I am NOT a tree hugger or a big environmental activist, but I have the commen sense to realize that we have destroyed this planet that spawned us. Damn us"
What do you think "Survival of the fittest" means? It means that if you're evolved you get to do as you please at the expense of those who faild to evolve. That's what evolutionary theroy is. If we are smart, and evolution is correct, we will alter the enviroment so as to best suit our needs for survival. If it means killing whales so as to rub out compition, so be it. We killed off the Dodos and nobody got hurt. Heck, we've destoyed more critters than the last four Ice Ages. If the whales were ment to survive, they'd evolve a way to survive, such as evolving toxic blubber, or by being so damn pathetic that people will kill themselves rather than watch them suffer. If we destoyed our planet, people will go the way of the dinosaur and some other way animal will become the dominate species, albit one that can live in toxic sludge. So in conclution, go damn yourself.