A predator is commonly defined as a hunter or killer. In Blue Oyster Cult’s fabulous classic song “Don’t Fear the Reaper”, the Grim Reaper is the shady character who comes to take people to their death.
Having pretty deliberately christened their drone children with such wonderfully descriptive names, why would a drone manufacturer think the term drone misleading because it “belies their proven beneficial role in humanitarian crises”?
Proverb 20:11 in The New American Standard Bible asserts this principle :
It is by his deeds that a lad distinguishes himself
If his conduct is pure and right.
While there is little doubt of the potential for humanitarian or decent civil uses, they remain potential uses for the most part.
Maybe if drone manufacturers painted smiling, happy animal faces on their creations or pre-armed them with bags of jelly beans before handing them over to their customers then maybe people may think of drones in more favourable terms. :-)
Point of note : I am neither for or against drones. Drones are tools, it is within the whim of their masters that they are exercised.
- Predator and Reaper drones are misunderstood, says manufacturer (theguardian.com)
- Inside Britain’s military drone base (bbc.co.uk)