Thursday, September 23, 2010

Extinction is inevitable yet Libs still flail to make it stop.

Unsurprisingly, Blockbuster video has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Frankly, I don't know what they're trying to protect. They were about 10 years late to the latest phase (streaming video) of video delivery to consumers and about 5 years late to the phase before that (mailing videos with no late fees).

Anyone can agree that their demise was inevitable. Blockbuster was perhaps the only one who thought Netflix was a flash in the pan joke. By the time they realized that this was their competition, so many consumers had already made the switch that there was nothing Blockbuster could have done to get them back.

Instead of wisely throwing in the towel, they chose to follow in Netflix's footsteps 5 years late. Copying the eating habits of a competing species in an environment with limited forage is never the way to compete. Today, they announced the inevitable. They're going extinct.

They failed to adapt quickly enough, they failed to anticipate future trends, they failed to adjust to a rapidly changing environment. As a direct result of these three failures, they went out of business. Toes up. Dead.

If this company was an off-white, spotted owl, the Libs would be all over it. They'd be claiming that we must preserve their environment. They'd be picketing to stop the evil corporation Netflix for the damage they've done to this poor, defenseless creature. They'd raise and spend millions on their quest. And Blockbuster would still become extinct. But they it isn't and they don't.

I know it's a lot easier to fall in love with a fluffy little ball of feathers than it is a brick and mortar corporation but really, they're two birds of a different feather. In the brutal world of nature, it's adapt or die and it's not only inevitable that species will become extinct, it's by design.

In "God is Not Great" written by Christopher Hitchens (perhaps the only book I've been tempted to throw away like last week's People magazine), he whines that God is not great because 99% of all species that ever existed are now extinct. He claims that a truly great God would never let that happen.

Clearly this guy doesn't get the concept of God (or of a fish aquarium either). It certainly never occurred to him that God likes change. Clearly though, humans (ok- mostly Libs) don't like change. They want to keep things exactly as they are so they can control them. What Mr. Hitchens is missing is that God is still in control even in the midst of chaos but his little pea brain can't understand that so he calls it weakness.

I long for the day that Libs see animal species the same way I see corporations- it's survival of the fittest. Imagine what a gazelle would look like if there were no predators? I seriously doubt it would be so spry and elegant as it is. The reason our world is blessed with so many beautiful animals is that all the stupid, fat and slow ones are gone. This is by design.

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