It’s probably impossible right now to determine what the original objective was way back then when it was decided by ‘well intentioned’ people to ‘save the Bali Dog’. Whatever the single purpose then or its mission now, the scope has certainly widened and competition is expanding to highlight the plight faced by Bali’s very own indigenous dog.
But what is the Bali Dog really facing, apart from an unregulated unchallenged and unmitigated rapid change to its environment and habitat. The Bali Dog and their life partners the Bali People are being subject to an invasion unlike any other in their ancient union. Unfortunately though, this invader is not a weak neighbor or some single imperialistic and bully minded country, this is a global consumer fuelled tsunami that has been welcomed in and consciously wanted.
On occasions past when they have needed each other to repel enough historical forces through too many lifetimes, they have certainly stood without question as one defending determined and balanced energy. Way back then it was just so, because there was a unified value in protecting and preserving the currency of their ancient culture.
Promoting all things Bali over the past fifty years has now brought ‘Paradise’ to the precipice. For sure there have been positive spin offs and of course everything changes, however cultural cracking and dogma division is now rapidly emerging.
Like all missions that creep further and further away from the initial objective, there is a real and historically proven risk of catastrophic failure due to initial successes that create and breed more and more ambitious pathways. This strategy and mentality can result in a lost cause that has moved far away from whatever the goal originally was.
Saving Bali Dogs from actually what and in particular who is maybe the question the latest growing numbers of well intentioned people should ask. The unpalatable answer may just reveal that it is in fact this most recent full frontal foreign mission, a bloated and belligerent beast gorging on its own success, which has crept up over time and is arrogantly attempting to inevitably reshape Bali culture and divide Bali Dogs from Bali People.