I had a good laugh when I read your response below. You see, I was born with
a foot on each side of the fence. It is deep within my nature, and it is
wise that you have highlighted the fact that it is only one way to approach
matters. I don't compromise every time, but I will if it will give me better
than nothing. I will usually have a win, and some compromise, you're right.
Those who go for broke have the potential to win all, or risk losing
everything. It's good that we are all a little different. I approach
everything with the question, how can I get a win out of this? And that
might involve compromise. I don't disagree with anything you say below.
When offering some good points about extremists, I always use the example
of the suffragettes: I mightn't like their methods, but without them my
mother might not have had the right to vote. There is a place for everyone.
Inevitably, when you are a person who compromises, you will have opposition
on either side. I have lived with that for years. In the years I have spent
on the development of the Kakadu Beach roost, and now on its maintenance and
the steps which we are currently planning, I have stood between the purists
and the developers. The purists are still aghast at my consorting with the
enemy, but they have had to eat their words as we watch up to 2000 birds
come and go from the artificial roost. Mind you, it's fortunate that it
works. I risked having a lot of egg on my face. And at some stage in the
future that will happen. You can't win every time, and at some stage I will
fail. But that won't stop me from trying.
25/4/03 1:14 PM
> Does anyone disagree with Jill Dening's response to Phil
> Griffin ?
> If so please tell us why because I am about to have to
> revisit the dog issue along our foreshore.
> I have only two points to add. First, this sort of approach
> almost always results in "compromises" which means that you
> have to be ready to offend unreasoning purists.
> Second,every now and again you will have to re-educate the
> community. New people (and dogs!) move in, sometimes
> creating new lobbies for "freedom". ANd some of your
> supporters - including bureaucrats and politicians - will
> move on.
> Michael Norris
> Bayside Friends of Native Wildlife
Sunshine Coast, Qld
26º 51' 152º 56'
Ph (07) 5494 0994
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