Why can’t we just sit back and enjoy the view?
People need to have regard for how others consider a site, writes Dennis Fitzgerald.
The latest attempt to stop tourists from inappropriate behaviour is the intention to fence off the Trevi Fountain in Rome. This is to stop people from jumping in and dancing in the fountain, but why is it necessary?
Another tourist, apparently an influencer, was arrested for climbing a Pyramid in Egypt.
She seemed to think it was her “right” but what about the right to protect sites that have stood for thousands of years?
In Australia the climb to the top of Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) has been discontinued for cultural reasons although again many people claimed it as their “right” to climb it. They had no regard for its cultural significance.
There seems to be a drift from enjoyment to participation, from appreciation to possession and little regard for how others consider a site.
Let’s just sit back and enjoy the uninterrupted view.