THE RISK OF DOING NOTHING
Today there is a lot of talk and endless discussion about RISK. Today we are educated about RISK. How we might avoid it or at least how it might be lessened enough so we can manage it, but there is also another and more fatal kind of risk.
THE RISK OF DOING NOTHING.
The pigeon community is beset with this kind of risk. We have largely given up future planning because of the risks of getting it wrong. In our clubs and institutions we do not risk extending democracy for fear increased democracy might endanger the Clubs and institutions that serve us.
Quite of lot of officials, high and low throughout the sport seem to play it safe.
In short the sport has grown over the last 50 years into a sport adverse to RISK.
AVOIDING RISK IS A CULTURE THING
This culture of RISK avoidance has done enormous damage. What used to be a sport of high risk and high reward where long flights and gallant pigeons were the aim of most and history was made by individual pigeons and individual fanciers who bred them, has now been diluted to a sport of low risk and low reward. The aim is for everyone to gets close every time and to do this we race into a smaller area to stand better chance of a prize. Safer first prizes at lesser distances and smaller areas have replaced the risky business of getting one home from longer distances over wide areas. . It seems success and failure have been rigged without real achievement.
THE MARKET IS RIGGED
This whole rigged business driven by how many pigeons we are likely to sell in this new atmosphere. We are in fact attempting to manage the market in pigeons by excluding risky competition where failure is possible.
Of course the real risk of fudging markets or not taking risks ends with nothing ever being achieved and worse still -the pigeons we buy - the medicines we use and spend our hard earned cash on - stands a very high chance of being a worthless purchase which is exactly the dirty creek the sport now takes as being normal.