Henry Sy Ought to Have the Right to ‘Massacre’ those Trees, Hippies!
The richest man in the Philippines, retailer and shopping mall operator Henry Sy, continues to draw flak over the alleged
‘massacre’ of close to 200 trees in the middle of the night in Baguio City, the country’s Summer Capital. As usual, many deluded leftists and environmentalists passionately criticized the billionaire whose business ironically supports the infamous Earth Hour idiocy won again this year by North Korea, and other environmentalist causes. It’s very ironic that the man who champions ‘environmentalism’ is being strongly denounced by many environmentalist and leftist groups.
As a result, the environmentalist hippies and leftists launched an attack dubbed “Occupy SM” to protest the cutting of trees at Luneta Hill to pave the way for SM Baguio’s new parking facility and entertainment complex. The environmentalist rally was held in SM Megamall with protesters wearing shirts with various messages such as “Leave me alone, I’m pine” and “Cut your greed not the trees.”
Environmentalist and statist critics also resorted to legal arguments, claiming SM Baguio defied a court order temporarily halting the cutting down of around 200 trees for its expansion project. It was shown that a memorandum dated October 17, 2011 granted the DENR regional office in the Cordillera Administrative Region a clearance to issue a tree-cutting and earth-balling permit in favor of SM Baguio. Under this government directive and regulation, the State can now dictate to property owners things that they can do or cannot do with their own property. This means that the government is, in effect, a part-owner of every privately owned land property. This is an example of fascistic preventive law that considers certain human actions potentially immoral, harmful, or injurious.
Most, if not all leftists and environmentalists, have this utterly flawed sense of entitlement and collectivist mindset. The concept of property rights conveys to the property owner a “right of action” (e.g., to sell, to enjoy, to lease, to improve, or even to destroy). A law or government directive that limits your right of action over your real or land property is a negation of property right. That is, it is a negation of your individual freedom. Any law or directive that prohibits you to cut down trees on your property is based on the collectivist notion that the State must protect the environment from man’s unbridled greed or actions. It is this notion that gives these environmentalists a false sense of entitlement. Dito sila nagiging epal.
We are part of the HUMAN ENVIRONMENT, not of the animal or jungle environment. As humans, we must make our environment habitable, conducive to our needs, safe, or even comfortable. We need to cut down trees to serve our human needs for shelter, housing, food, etc. We need to cut down trees to create a liveable human environment. We’re not animals. We’re humans. Henry Sy and others like him should be proud for sharing with us their vision. If you call that ‘corporate greed’, fine! But remember that it’s this ‘corporate greed’ that helped provide thousands of jobs (through Henry Sy’s personal investment itself and through his concessionaires and investors). As long as his ‘corporate greed’ is not hurting, injuring other people’s right, it should be praised and commended. Besides, it’s the government that must be regulated, not Henry Sy’s or any person’s or entity’s so-called corporate greed!
Now let’s try to resolve the utterly ridiculous charge or paranoia that a property owner’s irresponsible decisions and actions could endanger the ‘environment’, including communities.
Don’t forget that we have:
- Rule of law that would punish the property owner like Henry Sy for causing any kind of injury to others. If, for example, his cutting down of trees caused (I mean the real, objective cause) any man-made disaster (e.g., landslide that killed or injured people), it is the function of the State to investigate the incident and punish the guilty.
- Personal responsibility. We have first, personal responsibility to ourselves… then to others. This personal responsibility is motivated by RATIONAL SELF-INTEREST.
- Rational self-interest, which is supposed or ought to be LONG-TERM and in accordance with the facts of reality. This self-interest ought to be based on reality (on how you see and judge the FACTS of reality), NOT on your feelings or consciousness. For instance, you as a property owner ‘feel’ that it is in your self-interest to cut down all trees on your hilly land property so to make profits without considering certain facts of reality (that your action/decision could lead to landslide or any kind of land disaster). Such an action, in the long run, could prove to be SELF-DESTRUCTIVE, not self-interested. A truly self-interested land owner should gauge, consider the facts of reality and ought to think LONG-TERM, not short-term.
- An individual’s rights to do whatever he wants to do so long as his action won’t injure or violate the rights of others. This includes property rights. A ‘right’ (meaning: a right of action in a social context) is essentially part of our human nature, as man has consciousness and reason to know his personal responsibility as well as actions that constitute rational, long-term self-interest. It is NOT in your self-interest to short-change, injure, or kill others. That is, it is not in your self-interest to violate others’ rights. Thus, if Henry Sy’s cutting down of trees on his Baguio property were in contravention with the FACTS OF REALITY, then he would be PUNISHED by 1) our laws, and 2) economic reality. A man-made land disaster caused by Henry Sy’s action/decision could destroy his entire business empire. A single disastrous action could destroy his life’s investment.
So let Henry Sy cut down those trees! And please, stop supporting the nutty, lunatic causes of your ENEMIES!