I anticipated leaving ‘The Cove’ viewing on Friday, with some sadness and maybe a few tears but instead, I think more of a sense of frustration and antipathy at humanity in general. The Cove is a style of documentary, which seeks to enlighten the world to the disgusting herding and killing of dolphins, in the small Japanese town of Taiji. There’s a broader scope to the story than just the killing, and indeed, the film highlights an almost comical reverence that a culture places on something it imprisons, aggressively slaughters, and sells to the highest bidder.
Something that entered my mind immediately following this movie is how little respect we have for any life on this planet, especially where the food chain is concerned. I’m not suggesting we curl up in a mud hole or live in a cave, but scientific understanding and care for every living thing, does not need to be so heavily destructive to one another. While I am a huge proponent of exploration and scientific advancement, I’m also a big non-believer that cultures can co-exist, out of their environment, when determined to live in that environment. This can be taken to include humans – religion being the most obvious destructive force, cross-culture – and also the animal kingdom. Lets leave the amazing intelligences of the ocean to their seas, learning to understand life by scientific observation and not treat anything that isn’t a homo-sapien as something that is automatically considered dumb, inanimate food. It still irks me that if a shark attacks someone, it’s headlined as ‘horrific’, yet if a human kills a shark, it’s looked at with awe. If we can treat the world as a global ecosystem, we may just be able to understand it enough to survive, for the rest of its life.