After the Boston bombing the news media has spent days and weeks trying to
determine why these men did what they did. They want to know what America
did to make these brothers so angry with us. They want to know why these
men were not arrested before they did something so terrible. The media is
in a tizzy about this new era of home grown radicals, and about why they
could live among us and still hate us.
A friend of mine from Texas explained it all to me:
“Here in west Texas I have rattlesnakes on my place, living among us. I
have killed a rattlesnake on the front porch.
I have killed a rattlesnake on the back porch. I have killed rattlesnakes
in the barn, in the shop and on the driveway.
In fact, I kill every rattlesnake I encounter.
I kill rattlesnakes because I know a rattlesnake will bite me and inject
me with poison. I don’t stop to wonder why a rattlesnake will bite me;
I know: It will bite me because it's a rattlesnake and that's what
rattlesnakes do. I don’t try to reason with a rattlesnake…I just kill it.
I don’t try to get to know the rattlesnake better so I can find a way to
live with the rattlesnakes and convince them not to bite me…I just kill
I don’t quiz a rattlesnake to see it I can find out where the other
snakes are, because (a) it won’t tell me, and (b) I already know they live
on my place. So, I just kill the rattlesnake and move on to the next one.
I don’t look for ways I might be able to change the rattlesnake to a
non-poisonous rat snake...I just kill it. Oh, and on occasion, I
accidentally kill a rat snake because I thought it was a rattlesnake at the
time. Also, I know, for every rattlesnake I kill, two more are lurking out
there in the brush. In my lifetime I will never be able to rid my place of
rattlesnakes. Do I fear them? No!
Do I respect what they can do to me? Yes! And because of that respect I
give them the fair justice they deserve...I kill them....”
Maybe as a country we should start giving more thought to the fact that
these jihadists' are just being like rattlesnakes, and act accordingly!"
Makes a ton of sense to me. Fits a lot of situations. Versatile. Logical.