Friday, May 19, 2006

Eat a Monkey! You're on Candid Camera!

I'm sure many people have heard this story, and no doubt jokes to go along with it: Bears at Amsterdam zoo eat monkey in front of horrified visitors. It reminds me of Chris Rock's take on people thinking the Siegfried & Roy tiger went "crazy" when it attacked Roy - "that tiger didn't go crazy, that tiger went tiger!" This bear was just being a bear.

These folks were horrified at witnessing the brutal truth of nature, yet their sensibilities weren't offended when they ponied up cash to gawk at wild animals forced to live behind bars? Hmmmm.

We should take a lesson from these bears. They got fed up being content with the kibbles they were being thrown and exerted their bear-ness. What if humans started demanding to be treated more like humans? What if we started breaking free from the cubicles, eschewing the grade-D fast food passed out at feeding time, and jumped the confines of organized religion's dictums of what's right and wrong?

Bears, you keep on eating monkeys. You're an inspiration to us all.

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