Monday, 26 January 2009
Young Bull Kills Six
11 year old Michelito Lagravere Peniche is being hailed as Macho Matador of the Moment after killing a record 6 bulls in one session at a bullfight in Mexico.
Now I know emotions run high on this matter, and I for one feel that killing an animal as a 'sport' is unwarranted. In this case it is a clear example of social influence at work. Master Peniche is being taken advantage of by his elders. Naturally as a child he will enjoy praise, recognition and adulation from people older than himself. The organisers are clearly using his age, enthusiasm and 'talent' to further their own ends in order to draw attention to their pastime and ensure their dogmatic thinking is passed on to future generations.
We are witnessing the 'Bullfighting Meme' fighting for its life.Ole. However the hue and cry surrounding Micheleto's involvement surely means that the 'bullfighting meme' is entering its tercio de muerte,(third/phase of death). How long will it be before it receives the estocada I wonder?
Young Michelito finds himself in a cultural and social situation that determines how he thinks about things. His attitude is being 'landscaped'. Proponents of bull fighting are quick to explain how 'culturally essential' the sport is and that has created the context in which the young bull has grown up in. It is the 'situation' that sets someone up for gullibility.
His childlike gullibility comes through when he says:
"The bullfighting opponents shouldn't stick their nose in things they don't like," do we see reactance in action here? He is clearly very sensitive to any attempt that might restrict his freedom to act as he wishes.
...and is if repeating the flawed logic of a tequila soaked bar rant he announces the mantra
"No-one is forcing them to watch bullfights or to keep informed about them. It's as if I told a boy who does motocross not to do it, it's very bothersome."
OK, young man perhaps you can answer the following:
Is a motorbike a living organism?
Are motorbikes selectively bred and husbanded?
Do motorbikes experience fear?
Do motorbikes experience pain?
Do motorbikes chase you when you wave a red cape at them?
Do motorbikes die? (OK I accept they can when its wet and the electrics fail)
So,where exactly is the similarity between a bullfight and motocross?