The $2 Chimpanzee

9 Apr

When we were less enlightened we used to train Chimpanzee’s to dress up as people and entertain us by putting on tea parties.

While this was highly entertaining for some us, it was not much fun for the Chimpanzee. Year after year of performing, day after day of being forced to dress somebody else’s clothes, performing one cheap trick after another something happened to the Chimpanzee’s… they all went MAD.

One chimp exploded into a violent uncontrollable bout of rage, she turned over all the dinner tables, she broke all the china and she attacked her trainer leaving him close to death on life support. Other Chimps simply fell into deep bouts of depression, some developed early onset dementia. Suddenly all the people felt a little bad for paying $2 to watch Marge and George nibble on biscuits and drink Earl Gray tea and the tea parties were over…

A Chimpanzee is meant to be a Chimpanzee, AND a person is meant to live inside their own skin, not forced to play a different role for a mere $2.


5 Responses to “The $2 Chimpanzee”

  1. Joel Stephens April 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    Wow. I’ve never heard this story before, but makes me think of the film 28 Days Later and being infected with rage. The first thing I thought of when I read that someone thought to dress of chimpanzees is “How bored with life do we have to be to dress of animals to entertain us?” Or rather, “How unhappy with ourselves have we become?” Stuff like this makes me realize we are so discontent with what we have and what we’ve been given, we will spare no expense at making someone else, or something else, also discontent and dissatisfied and bring them down with us.

    Jesus told us to love our neighbors as ourselves. However, I then wonder if the opposite is true—when we hate ourselves, we end up hating our neighbors, or in this case chimps. There was no love for the chimps and their well-being and thus the animals cried out for freedom from the oppression. Sad to say that these chimps are smarter than us and more authentic than us, crying out for change while many of us continue to live in denial, in lies and in discontent, failing to realize we hold the keys to our own happiness and our own redemption.

  2. Gary Loper April 11, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    So many of us are dressing up to entertain others, pretending to be something other than our true authentic self. The most valuable gift you have to share is yourself, be true to the inner you and allow the world to see your gifts or as in this post the inner turmoil will surface in very comfortable ways for you or the people surrounding you. I work with people to identify that turmoil before a negative response could inflect harm and to use it to discover what treasures lie deep within. Call a coach save your china & teacups

    • geofftalbot April 11, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

      thanks for your sage and inspiring comments Gary

  3. The Animated Woman April 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    I fully concur. And I’ll add that no amount of money would make it ‘right’.

    • geofftalbot April 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

      so true…the $2 price tag is just to illustrate that “they” will pay you to perform for whatever they can get you for

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