Today I had the privilege of hearing from one of the leading manufacturers of some pretty fancy fishing equipment. The presentation was fascinating and spoke to some of the huge changes in our economy. In passing the presenter made the comment,
“With the economy the way it is, fewer folks are fishing and more folks are worried about putting food on the table.”
The comment stuck in my head. It is interesting that an activity that was invented purely to put food on the table is no longer considered productive behavior. Fishermen spend a fortune on equipment and travel to exotic destinations to fish. After a great day of catch and release fishing, they go to a restaurant and spend $20 on a plate of salmon.
I enjoy fishing with my children and don’t intend to quit any time soon. I can’t help but wonder what areas of my life and of our society, were once crucial to survival, but have been reduced to a novelty.