In thinking about the killing of the tiger and the Terri Schiavo case, both of which have angered and upset many people, I am reminded of my father, who used to tell me that my worst experiences would be my best lessons.
In the case of the Moorpark couple who were housing exotic cats, the tiger was a victim of a much bigger problem ó that of keeping exotic animals as pets. Although the tigerís life had a tragic ending, the real tragedy is that it was placed in captivity to begin with.
The killing of this innocent animal was only a symptom of a much bigger problem. I am elated to hear that there is a growing movement to tighten the restrictions for obtaining permits to house wild animals. Now if only we could eliminate the housing of these animals altogether, we would be getting somewhere!
And in a completely different scenario, Terri Schiavo is providing a wonderful lesson to people across the entire country. The reports of those flocking to attorneys to have living wills drawn up is proof that many are coming to the realization that they need to have such a document in place. Itís a wise move considering the alternative which we have all witnessed recently.
So it seems that my dad was right: The worst experiences oftentimes teach the best lessons. We should all remember my fatherís wisdom the next time a situation seems too painful to bear. Learn something from it, and it will make you live strong.
ó Jennifer de la Torre, Simi Valley