people of Idaho complained that the reintroduction of the
wolf into federal lands would destroy their way of life. The
destruction of ways of life is certainly a rich seam that
runs through our social geology. The Indian way of life was
destroyed, as was the African for those untimely ripped from
their villages by the slave grade. And the buffalo way of
life was destroyed along with the passenger pigeon way and
the colorado river's way and the bottomwood forest's way.
In turn the sourthern way of life was destroyed as well as
the agrarian way, and in time the factory way was lost to
offshore movements after neighborhood and city ways were lost
to highway pavement and malls.
Progress/change/destruction of ways of life; alternative descriptions
of actions meeting resistances with results for better or
worse. One might have more compassion for Idahoans in this
play-out of the cosmic script if there was any chance that
for a moment they felt pain for losses other than there own.
Perhaps it is too much to ask, but the Indians did; they said
it was our loss as much as theirs.
Katz • Prof. of law SUNY, Buffalo, 1969-1989 (ret.)