- Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:34 am #245745
The buck stops with this one, folks! Spot On, Steve!srskypuppy wrote:It’s not about being righteous, perfect or absolute. I’d guess that everyone here has broken some rule at one point or another and I think some rules can be broken without having tangible negative effect on anyone.**
For instance, I drive over the speed limit on FWY-280 and I don’t care if anyone else speeds as long as they are in control. I know I’m breaking the law so if I get a speeding ticket I don’t complain, I just pay my fine and deal with it. And if through my conscious violation of the law I lose my license, I won’t blame the cop or the judge.
**(One might argue that by speeding I use more gas, contribute to global warming and hasten the end of civilization, but I’d like to not get to that level of minutiae)
In contrast, I am very careful to obey the speed limit or drive even slower when passing a school or playground because I don’t want to run over a child, and I get really pissed off when I see some knucklehead blasting through a crosswalk just because they don’t see any kids around. I think these A-holes should have their drivers license pulled and wish there were more cops around when we need them!
I think we can draw some parallels to hang gliding, where some rules can be ignored but others can’t.
For instance, I’m sure we all agree that teaching students safely and getting them into hang gliding is a good thing. But not everyone has their private training facility and these instructors need to use another venue, which is oftentimes public. This is where there are some rules, IMHO, that for the good of the sport, can be overlooked, equally for everyone, because they support training and flying and yet don’t put anyone or the site in jeopardy.
Some sites, and for the sake of their preservation should remain nameless (Hint to everyone), have been used for training for decades without issue because everyone keeps a relatively low profile and follows the rules that keep people safe.
On the other hand, there are some rules that can’t be overlooked, for anyone, because they absolutely do jeopardize the flying site.
For example, rules that prohibit launching a student from a site that they are not qualified to fly from, or teaching someone without having them sign a waiver first, these are the kind of violations can get a site shut down. So when someone comes in and violates rules like these, they need to be reigned in to protect the flying site.
So while all this makes sense to me, it DOES make it hard to not look hypocritical when we condemn a person for breaking one rule while we don’t enforce a different rule.
My belief is that while we don’t absolutely have to enforce every rule, what rules we do enforce need to be applied equally to everyone.