No Trespassing

The world is a vast and wondrous place, filled with amazing things ready to captivate your senses and expand your ideas and knowledge.

Throughout history people have traveled millions of miles exploring and laying claim to areas they wanted to call their own, fair enough, but that meant you could no longer freely walk the land and enjoy the earth as you once did, because property owners chased you away from their claim.

It makes sense in modern times to fence off property that is currently being developed because there could be expensive machinery, building supplies and unsafe construction hazards in the area, but to plant a no trespassing sign on vast expanses of untouched natural land seems ridiculously unfair.

Perhaps the person or persons to blame for this are lawmakers, attorneys and insurance companies because once you own a piece of land you are responsible for anything that may occur on it, so if a kid riding a dirt bike crashes into an unseen ditch on your property, his parents could feasibly sue you.

The percentage of these cases flowing through the court may be semi-low, but the mere fact they occur at all should raise a red flag against how we continue to operate as a society.   More often in life we encounter new laws and rules created as a result of someone, somewhere deciding they can make a quick buck by trespassing over an innocent person’s integrity.

When and how can this change, or are we too embedded in policy, political correctness and greed to stop it now?


No Trespassing — 2 Comments

  1. I’m actually more afraid of the damage dirt bikes, trucks and dune buggies do to the land. In the desert in particular, the ecology is so fragile that a simple footstep can take years to disappear. What I was taught was that only the most respectful can visit areas without ruining them. I don’t know if that’s true or not but I stick to the motto “Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but memories”, except that when I used to hike, I’d almost always carry out someone’s trash; kept a bag in my backpack for expressly that purpose. I’ve been at places full of wonderful petroglyphs and seen modern day jerks carve their names or obscenities into them. Or spray paint or whatever. So I guess we all think we are the ones who think we should be allowed and we all know others who we think shouldn’t be. 🙁 How to resolve that?

    • Excellent point Liz!! I was looking at it from a respectful point of view, meaning I wouldn’t destroy the land myself, but other do and will trample all over nature. The kid on the dirt bike can create damage… however I was thinking of the empty lots I have come across with not much except actual dirt on them when I made the comparison. Society is a confusing and complicated place isn’t it?

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