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People Who Pet Dolphins


Credit: Rosa Lynn A/Flickr/Creative Commons

The new morality? Credit: Rosa Lynn A/Flickr/Creative Commons

Recently, Oscar winning actress Brie Larson apologized. In 2004, when she was 14, she petted a dolphin. Now she is building a successful career in Hollywood, and she has tried very hard to clear herself of any controversy.

In this case, controversy is animal cruelty. Brie Larson is a dolphin petter. More correctly, she was a petter, as a child. Now she has apologized.

Movie stars with fabulous careers have corporate teams of managers, publicists, and stylists; and a public apology indicates some alarm. This dolphin petting accusation seems to be a serious threat to someone.

We live in interesting times.

Now, the eternal and universal moral principles that underpin everything in society seem to last about a week. Tourists used to enjoy petting dolphins, and I remember when we were not offended by oil in pipelines, and when good electricity did not always come from windmills.

A few days ago someone asked me to explain the words behind the acronym LGBT. We were having a conversation about transgender access to public washrooms. It’s hard to keep up with the truth these days.

We might laugh, but public officials take these issues seriously, and invest our taxes, and enforce regulations. Where I live, the government is threatening to cut off funding for religious schools, after many decades of supporting them. The schools are not adopting some of the new moral principles; they prefer standards that have been with us for a few years.

The problem is the process. There may be an argument for animal cruelty when tourists swim with dolphins, but there is no debate for Brie Larson. She is guilty of a grievous moral offense because someone saw a picture of her as a child, petting a dolphin.

Instead of discussion we have superior sneering by the perpetually offended. Open and balanced debate is controlled and shouted down.

In our post Christian society, we have the hangover of devout religious belief with no source; hipster morality.

I remember when I became a Christian, years ago. Some people sneered at my convictions, but I knew those people and I really did not want to be like them; they did not have a positive direction for my life. I didn’t see truth to live by in this world, so I looked higher.

The sneering hasn’t stopped, but now it is aimed at children who pet dolphins. I am sure this world needs God. We need to look higher.

But you, Lord, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations. (Psalm 102: verse 12)

In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end. (verses 25 to 27)

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