a reply to: BigBrotherDarkness
It's not just the thousand yard stare, they do everything they can to avoid looking at you, willfully. Made me think of Kurt Vonnegut and The Sirens
They're captives and we're domesticated animals who have deliberately chosen captivity as a mode of survival, and to realise that we have destroyed
the natural diversity of ecosystems to create monocultures that only support intensive farming practices. And we continue to do so. We keep these
animals in cages to make ourselves feel better about the thousands upon thousands of species whose extinction we have been responsible for. The idea
of them ever being "returned to the wild" is an illusion based on their being such a thing anymore as the "wild". It is just some mythical imagined
place that existed before homo sapiens began exploiting the # out of every resource that they could grasp from the planet. We spend an awful lot of
time money and energy on studies that reach that conclusion, and then we ignore the results or do a little patch up job, but we're still adapting at
the expense of other species, rather than recognising ourselves as only a minor functionary in a vast and necessarily
complex system. We are,
at present, given the spread of "Western" ideology, the worst thing that ever happened to this planet, we have the capability to be the greatest. We
have the technology, we still have creative brilliance, but it continues to be misdirected.
Nature will prevail just so long as the Moon keeps drawing the tides, and the Sun keeps shining (from a reasonable distance). Our place in it, and
what we destroy while facilitating our own destruction, is questionable, and it is now completely accepted that the Western model of "lifestyle" is
unsustainable, and that without change, we will be rendered extinct, although given that this was globally recognised in 1972 through the work of the
Club of Rome, some groups have been working to ensure their own survival at the expense of others. Either way, I interpreted, as much as I would ever
presume to imagine what a captive animal might feel like, that the intelligent little primates didn't look at us in the hope that if they pretended
that we weren't there we would eventually disappear. Without humans I am sure that London is a fantastic place for little monkeys, and they would do
just fine, and like those abandoned theme parks, in no time at all, geologically speaking, it''ll be a forest. The structures will crumble, and it'll
be green and fruitful again.
Balance could be achieved. Relatively painlessly. The cooperation that leads to the level of investment that is required, so long as there are those
who are only protecting their own narrow interests, is direly lacking however.
But, ya know, gotta look on the brightside...and keep chip, chip, chipping away.