The Government Zoo

If I was part of the animal world (some call humans animals, and I think I know some of them) I would like to be a lion, or an elephant, or at least one of the big ones at the top of the food chain.  Their world seems very cruel at times with the “survival of the fittest,” or at least the “fastest” directly related to life span.

 My friend Terry recently went deer hunting and came back with a deer and a feral hog.  He was unsure about the “eatability” of the hog until he tasted it and found it to be delicious.  He surmised that having almost no fat contributed to the good taste since a lot of taste is in the fat and more prone to contamination (hmm, there may be some sort of principle there).  The hog was “lean and mean.”  I’m sure that can be said of most animals in the wild.  Their hard work at living one more day doesn’t allow for accumulating much fat.

 What a far cry from animals in the zoo, which are exempt from the daily grind for survival.  I have seen documentaries of animals either raised in captivity or nursed back to health and cannot be released into the wild because they have no survival skills.   These “kept” animals in their unnatural habitat become fat and lazy, and any survival instincts remaining, are perhaps a distant memory.  Use it or lose it.  My hunter friend also places “feeders” out for deer to partake of.  After they are conditioned to being on the dole, he waits for them to come to supper and then shoots them.  When I tell him that’s not being much of a hunter, he claims not to be a hunter, but a shooter!

We share some of the same God given instincts with our furry friends.  We are created to strive, work, invent, pro-create and survive with a “fight or flight” mechanism.  But we are uniquely created in the image of God, with consciousness, conscience and an eternal soul and spirit, which also drive us to our Creator.  Along with that comes the element of self-respect.  We want to do things for ourselves.  This is so evident in small children who protest, “You’re not the boss of me,” which is the natural desire for freedom.  Taking personal responsibility is seen throughout the Bible; “If a man doesn’t provide for his relatives, especially his own family, he is worse than an unbeliever.”   And, “If a man doesn’t work, he doesn’t eat.”  It goes without saying this is for the able bodied person who is capable of working.

And so it is with people in the human zoo that houses generations of welfare families who have lost their initiative to work.  To lend a temporary helping hand when one is in need is the right thing to do, but to provide a means whereby one can have a career in living off others is to destroy the soul.  People will not enable others to do this; they will eventually demand accountability.  Only the government can teach this “learned helplessness” by creating dependency.

The same principles are at work whether it is animals in a zoo who cannot survive in the wild, or humans in the government zoo who have lost their confidence and initiative to work.  They become as dependent as the zoo animals.  It takes time to rob one of self-respect, but the government zoo is good at it.

What is remarkable is the continuing attempt by dysfunctional governments to keep trying this in spite of history.  It is not the bleeding heart liberal, who operates out of real compassion but has no perspective, rather it is the one who has been hurt by life and develops pathological ideation of getting even with the system.   And for that, power is essential.  His elitist superiority then wants to provide the care he never had by creating the government zoo for everyone, that is, except for him.  Someone needs to run things and it certainly cannot be left to the ignorant  “unwashed masses.”

Recently one of my doctors, whose foreign accent lends credibility to his statement, commented regarding my inquiry about an alternative medical treatment, “It’s like Communism, it may sound good in theory, but it doesn’t work.”  The same can be said of all Socialist attempts at worldly utopia.

In my previous life of toil, a new principal surprised us at a staff meeting by bringing pastries to the group.  Everyone was very thankful and appreciative.  But at a later meeting when running short on time and the goodies weren’t there, the attitude had changed from gratitude to, “Hey, where are our donuts?”  We had gone from being thankful to being entitled.  What began as basic welfare dependency is now expanding to include entitlement in housing, education, healthcare and jobs.

I am like many (mostly guys, I think) who will do everything possible before asking anyone for help.  God has made us that way; to be responsible.  When we need a helping hand from time to time, we should accept it gratefully.  We will always have opportunity to return the favor.  The government zoo, however, if allowed, will follow a predictable progression of enabling.  People will move from reluctance (self-respect) to gratitude to expectation to entitlement and ultimately to taking it forcefully if necessary.   After all I have my rights and they owe it to me, right?  Who owes it to me?  Why, the government of course.  Take it out of their private stash!

Move over Greece, here we come!




  1. Rachael M. says:

    Along with some very very very good points, I’m especially enjoying the anecdotes in your writing this month Granddad. That wild boar sounds interesting….

    love you!

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