Why can’t we just sit back and en­joy the view?

The Citizen (KZN) - - Letters -

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.

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