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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Respect The Earth … Tarkine Heritage under Siege!

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First published June 29

Disturbing revelations of degenerative ethics

Why do people destroy nature and culture? Why do some defile the earth around them?

The rednecks of the Tarkine believe they reserve the right to go where they choose, and do what they want, whilst most of us are at loss to why anyone would choose to live by this disrespectful ethic.

The Tarkine region seems to be Tasmania’s last frontier where natural and cultural values are highly disregarded and wanton destruction prevails.

This is no way to treat one of our island’s special places.

Despoliation of our heritage is inane, myopic. It is also counter-productive to economic prosperity, and leads towards spiritual poverty.

Many Tarkine off-road visitors may claim they love to visit the area but if you love something then how can you desecrate it?

*Ted Mead first visited the Tarkine’s coastal wildness back in 1985. At that point in time the region was still open to grazing and was low key for off-road recreation as quad bikes had barely been introduced to Tasmanian then. In the last 2 decades recreational activities have increased to the region dramatically, and along with that so did the insensitive impacts. Ted is still mystified as to why some who claim to love these remote places disrespect them, and even wantonly choose to destroy such heritage?

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Ted Mead

    July 7, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    #12 … Are you admitting to have defaced his petroglyph now?

  2. MjF

    July 5, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    #11 … I think someone who invested a fair bit of time with a chisel and hammer clearly tried to replicate another symbol for whatever reason.

    So yes, a deliberate attempt by someone to perversely create something else.

    So you think it’s just a fluke that this action by an ‘illiterate bogan’ now mirrors another ancient symbol ?

    I sometimes wonder where the naivety lies, Mr T …

  3. Ted Mead

    July 4, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    #10 … I doubt the vandal who carved into the petroglyph would even know what an Aryan symbol is.

    This vandal was probably an illiterate bogan who had very little grey matter between his ears.

    As far a symbols go, there isn’t an original shape to be created these days. Symbols are the most basic messages that go back to the Neanderthal days.

    You must be naive to think this action was the work of some cultural modification.

  4. MjF

    July 4, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    The now ‘sun wheel’ (vandalised petroglyph) is a popular spiritual symbol of a number of ancient cultures.

    Its also been used as an Aryan symbol by neo-Nazis.

  5. Russell

    July 2, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Re #8 … Ditto.

  6. MjF

    June 29, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    #7 … Bobby, I haven’t stated you’re a fool. That doesn’t mean I’m not thinking it, though.

    If you get my drift.

  7. max

    June 29, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    # 5 John … If you think these bogans are the ultimate in crass and mindless selfishness, consider the be-suited, honourable, parliamentary variety who tried to have the World Heritage areas revoked so they could hand it over to their wood-chopping mates, and they have the gall to name their destructive, business ‘Sustainable Timber Tasmania.’

    Our wilderness is not the only area that mindless, unthinking, brainless and don’t-give-a-damn bogans trash. If you are into fishing, fresh or salt, your favourite sites are visited by idiots who don’t have the common decency to leave the places they visit as pristine as possible.

  8. Robert Middleton

    June 29, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    MjF #1 … Since you have offered no words to condemn the grisly scene shown above, I must conclude that you are not troubled by it, and probably even condone it.

  9. john hayward

    June 29, 2018 at 11:04 am

    If you think these bogans are the ultimate in crass and mindless selfishness, consider the besuited, honourable, parliamentary variety who tried to have the World Heritage areas revoked so they could hand it over to their woodchopping mates.

    Their “selective” logging selects about everything that could house an owl, eagle, or bat.

    John Hayward

  10. Andrew

    June 29, 2018 at 1:42 am

    #2 and #3 … Quite right.

    We live with quolls, possums, wallabies and snakes on our property and try to deter them rather than to kill them.

    As an aside, it’s beyond me why the forestry industry is given licence to poison our native wildlife. The disappearance of the tiger and the decimation of the devil show how fragile things are, despite appearances.

  11. Ted Mead

    June 28, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    # 2 Yehh Pete – it would seem the quoll got caught out the chicken coupe. However the abalone had me baffled as they looked extremely fresh when I found them, and should have been quite eatable!

    I totally agree we have to learn to live with these other creatures on the planet. If I killed an animal for every chook I had lost, or every verge patch that had been burgled, then I would be a mass murderer of native mammals.

    For me the native wildlife are part f where I live, so if they get a free feed it’s like me paying them rent for being in their domain.

    # 1 – The cross inside the circular rock engraving looks like the work of a cold chisel – so somebody went to an extreme effort to hack into that particularly hard rock to make such a ) (idiotic) statement.

  12. Pete Godfrey

    June 28, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Looks like the quoll got into someone’s chicken coupe. They must have been too lazy to bury the animals after they killed the quoll.

    I once had a quoll get into my chicken coop in Northern NSW. It killed 16 chickens. There was no thought in my mind of killing the quoll for its natural behaviour.

    It all comes down to the fact that people are so focused on what they want to do, which is have fun, do whatever they want and not think about the effect they are having on others, including the animals and plants they share the place with. It is a shame but unfortunately it is just how it is.

    Until all of humanity grows up and has compassion for all life, we will have to live with this sort of stuff.

  13. MjF

    June 28, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    I hope you can be sensible for a second, Mr T.

    The vandalised petroglyph – is it the cross bit ?

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