O.k. It’s December. A couple of weeks ago there was an article in the NY Times by Thomas Friedman. It was titled Stampeding Black Elephants. It’s in the Opinion section. Why are so many articles about climate change and species extinction relegated to Opinion pages? It makes it seem like the work is not based in fact/science/data/numbers. Last June there was an article about tigers in the NY Times’. Again, in the Opinion section. The article focused on a recent fashion among super-wealthy Chinese business people – the butchering and eating of wild tigers. A “visual feast … as a form of entertainment and to show off their wealth.”
Here’s an opinion. Or maybe it’s just an idea. I’ve read that there are only 3000 tigers left in the wild. There used to be 100,000 at the turn of the 19th to 20th century. And now: 3000. But what’s even rarer than a tiger? I’ll tell you: a chief executive of a Fortune 500 company is rarer than a tiger. Maybe if we could shift the conversation or, uh, target … just a little. Maybe with a carefully planned PR campaign, we could encourage all the ultra-wealthy folk who have developed a taste for tiger to develop a taste for delicious executive? And, if we’re extraordinarily successful, maybe the ultra-wealthy tiger-eaters will just eat themselves?
One can dream.