Topband: Windows, Rules and Punishment
W9UCW at aol.com
Mon Dec 12 23:02:14 EST 2005
Rules, more rules, windows, mutiple windows, complications, cops, referrees,
arbiters, penalties, punishment, banishment, disqualification... what's
next? It's the age of "It's not my fault that I'm not on top, it's that the
playing field isn't level!" What a bunch of cry babies. I have a news flash for
you....life is NOT fair! And it's not going to be! That should be obvious by
watching governing bodies try to legislate so-called "equality" through laws,
tax rules and subsidies.
Big deal! If you won every contest and had 400 countries on 160, it would
still cost you nearly 5 bucks for a special cup of coffee at Starbucks and no
one would get out of your way or bow to you on the street. Get over it, for
gosh sake. Put together your station, spend what time and money you can afford
and be proud of what you accomplish. Face it.... no one else cares what you
do but you. Do you feel like a lesser person because someone else spends ten
times as much money or time and/or lives in a better radio location than you?
I doubt it, but if you do, see a therapist before you try legislate equality.
Deregulation makes more sense than rule making. No one would have to waste
time trying to police a set of complicated statutes that only part of the
population would follow even if they knew about them. Everyone would have the
opportunity to do what is within their own reach and within their resources.
Good manners is a matter of self respect and the reaction of those around us.
If one doesn't respond to those incentives, no rules or penalties on earth
will make it right.
I wonder how much how more pleasant the pursuit of DX contacts would be if
no entity would publish the countries lists or contest results. Think about
it. The problem isn't to be solved by making operating rules, but by taming
egos. I suppose that's blasphemy in this age of competition and self
determination, not to mention commercial interests, but if we could learn to channel
our need for self-actualization (in Mazlov's words) to that which we accomplish
without notoriety, the problem would go away.
If I can say, "Given where I'm located, and what resources, time, and effort
I can devote, plus the limit of my skills, I am proud of what I have done",
then what do I need with rules that hamper the more fortunate? Wasn't it Abe
Lincoln who said something like "The poor will not benefit from the
penalizing of the rich"? That makes sense to me.
73 and best DX, Barry, W9UCW
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