By Bob Ferris
|Sheep gazing in the Snake River Valley (see attribution below)|
The nice thing about this graphic analogy is that it can be applied to the 1872 Mining Act as easily as the 1934 Taylor Grazing Act. In fact, it works well on most forms of serious denial or where something is left standing long past its logical conclusion.
But then there is the knight in white, King Arthur, who eventually rides on around the still protesting and belligerent black knight. My sense is that most understand that figure to be the embodiment of "progress" ready to pass by that which has proven itself no longer viable or relevant. Right now we have a Congress too full of black nights holding us to a dated and damaging past and not led by the knights in white travelling on to newer and brighter adventures. Hopefully the process of changing that is happening now.
(Sheep Photo Attribution: By Qfl247 (talk) (Transferred by Citypeek/Original uploaded by Qfl247) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons)