This picture makes me sad--and not just because the subject is out of
Some will say such deaths are inevitable; that's life in the big city for
alike. And even though the species' conservation
Concern, try explaining that to this social creature's
Death itself is not a tragedy but becomes one when it is senseless and/or
premature. I wonder what vital errand the driver was on after midnight on
a Sunday. I know this is disturbing and not pleasant to look at but that's
the point. What driver hasn't run down some critter? Was the trip you were
on worth it? I once flattened a cat while grudgingly driving my mother
somewhere. She burst into tears but I--callous teen that I was--really
didn't care. It was an accident and life meant very little to me.
But 23 years later I can still remember the feeling of it going
under my wheel. I don't expect this to get people to
less but I do believe that if pictures of all sides'
in Iraq and Afghanistan regularly appeared on front pages
and network TV the USA's wars would be over in a week.