I wrote the following this past weekend after my drawing was finished. I have been reading about animal poaching and smuggling, about the killing of thousands of elephants and rhinoceros. I kept asking myself how I can help preserve and protect wild animals from man’s evil ways. I told my friend that I was reluctant to share it because it painted an awful picture of humanity. Yesterday I read about Chinese poachers and smugglers apprehended in the
Philippines. The ship processed thousands of pangolin (aneaters) for their meat and scales. Some of the anteaters were bare-skinned, their scales totally plucked from their bodies while they are still alive. China is the primary destination of illegal ivory trade from poached elephants and also the world’s largest consumer of rhino horns which they ignorantly believe to cure ailments such as cancer. Rhino horns like pangolin scales are made of keratin, the same material as human fingernails. Now with China’s population, do you think they can just make a fashion statement of growing their nails longer and chewing them?
Wild And Savage
You are unsophisticated.
You are not human.
Humans are not wild.
Humans are sophisticated.
You, on the other hand, are an animal.
You are beneath humans
Who are intelligent, they can think,
Who are compassionate, they care.
Who have conscience, therefore, virtuous.
Can you say pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis?
No you cannot.
Humans have language, syntax, semantics, phonics.
Humans have numbers
From zero to infinity.
Humans have a past, a present and a future
A yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Humans have calendars.
Humans have metaphors
Similes and sarcasm.
You, on the other hand, merely grunt
Humans are politically correct.
They make up words to stand for other words
Like “illegal alien” is undocumented
Or "Murderer” is 'accused of unlawfully ceasing the life of another'
Is called a “freedom fighter”
Because some humans find “terrorist” offensive
Explain that to the father of a son killed by a terrorist bomb that his son was killed by a Freedom fighter.
The president calls an act of terror in
A “workplace injury”.
Explain that to the relatives of the soldiers killed by
That Islamist terrorist.
Oh I forgot, Islamists is to be avoided and I forgot that
Under this president no Americans die of terrorism.
Humans are social beings
They have friends
They even have machines that multiply their friends
With a click of a button, hundreds, thousands,
And they don’t even have to get up from their chair.
How many friends do you have? A tribe? A herd? A cackle?
Humans invent religions
Where they worship their gods
In temples, chapels, cathedrals and mosques
Because humans love their gods
They kill other humans
Or enslave them.
To appease their gods they offer
Animals for sacrifices
Or carve their horns or tusks into idols.
Or hang the animal's foot to their key chains for luck.
Humans create vaccines to cure diseases.
They invent drugs
That make them happy whenever they want to be happy.
Humans can make genes mutate
And clone creatures.
Humans are intelligent.
They have philosophy, psychology,
Logic and mathematics.
They have books
And books about books.
Humans have virtue.
They have rights.
They have governments.
Humans can lead other humans
Or rule them like
Tyrants and dictators, kings and emperors.
They make promises and tell lies
So others humans empower them
And allow their freedoms and liberties to be curtailed
In exchange for security and protection.
Human are easily fooled.
But they are capable
Of building cities, skyscrapers, towers and underground shelters.
It was humans that harnessed energy, invented the printing press, processed fossil fuel, invented hydroelectric dams, discovered vaccines, invented cars, planes, submarines, cures for diseases.
Humans built the pyramids, the Eiffel tower, The Statue of Liberty, the twin towers of the
... World Trade Center
They are capable
Of inventing and building giant machines
That fly like birds they call airplanes
And transport hundreds from city to city
Over oceans and mountains.
Once they flew the planes into
Skyscrapers with thousands of people,
Like the twin towers
And they exploded just like bombs.
Sometimes they just drop the bombs from
The flying machines from chemicals they invented
That can wipe out cities in a second
Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Humans wage war to keep the peace.
Humans maim hundreds of innocent people with a blast.
Because they have a statement to make.
You would think it's evil
But freedom fighters have lawyers defend their rights.
Can you understand that?
Yes, humans can do all of those.
They can wipe out entire species of animals for their horns
Or scales made of keratin
Believing it is medicine.
Because they choose to be ignorant
Or superstitious and selfish and they have money
And can afford to pay for the last animal of its kind
To cure their ailments
Unfortunately it won’t make a fool into a wise man.
Humans kill thousands of your kind for your ivory tusks
To turn into combs and other trinkets like chopsticks and hair clips.
You cannot do anything.
You are at the mercy of humans
Because you are wild.
You are not sophisticated.
Ah, it's nothing against you.
Humans kill their own too.
Because you have no thumbs.
You cannot invent tools,
Humans invent tools like curettes
And blades and suctions
That they can insert inside the female human
To cut up little babies inside the womb and suck their parts.
Every twenty seconds.
Humans can decide who gets to live
And who gets to die.
They decide what is life
And what is not.
They invent weapons like guns
And one day while a little girl or boy
Or a man or woman
Goes walking down the street
Someone shoots her or him in the head.
It happens everyday, somewhere.
Humans can change, reshape or get rid
Of their reproductive organs.
Can you do that?
No you can't.
You are wild.
You are not human.
Humans can think.
Humans are compassionate.
They heal, love, care, protect, cure, teach, raise families, give to charity.
Humans are creative.
They think, invent, write, paint, sculpt, draw, carve.
Humans can be doctors, drug dealers, actors, professors, rapists, dictators. popes, imams, monks, nurses, teachers, thieves, emperor, dictator, mothers, felons, fathers, social workers, pedophiles, businessman, maid, engineer, policeman, veterinarians, fireman, pilots, soldiers, psychologists, students, novelists, manager, entrepreneur, architects, sculptors, programmers, tax collectors, terrorists, community organizer, tyrant, president, painter, illustrator...
Yes, humans can be anything
They want or dream to be.
Humans are sophisticated,
And wild like you.