Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pet Peeve: Vandalism in Nature

Vandalism is ugly and immortalized forever whether it's on rocks, trees, or corals. 

Seeing vandalism on rocks, trees, or on corals is a major pet peeve while traveling.

Why should I care if a certain James loves Erika or if a guy named Endo was there? It’s sad and ugly—not to mention permanent!

Admittedly, I've been guilty of this when I was younger. At the time, I hoped that one day, I'd be able to find my carvings and then take a picture of myself with it. Lame, I know. Thinking about it now, I don’t even remember where I carved “Henson was here” but it’s there forever. Totally uncool and pointless.

Looking back, I wish I felt content with having a photo with that famous rock or tree rather than etching something on it and literally damaging it. Really, vandalism takes beauty away from that place, not to mention the enjoyment of others trying to appreciate it.

I hope that others realize this, too.

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