If animals and insects offer up a reflection of society, what does that then mean for us as individuals and what can we take from it so that we can better understand and take an active part in providing welfare and equal rights for every living thing on earth.
The three wise monkeys say it best, for animals hear, see and speak no evil, for they in a very natural way reflect societies flaws, achievements, strengths and weaknesses.
Whilst animals do belong to the earthly experience at all times – what we need to ask is – what are they reflecting – what do they represent and what can we do as a society to improve the conditions with which we find not only the animals but ourselves to be in.
If you look closely at history you will find that the extinction of several species came about at the same time as significant turning points within the given residing country, more often than not colonialism and racism were a prominent feature at that time.
When species have become extinct, you will find it will parallel a change within society. It indicates one of two things, that something is not working within that particular framework and changes need to be made or that old ideas have been replaced with new one’s. Historically it has been very much the former, but in more recent times it has come to be the latter, because change is inevitable, and as a race we do make leaps and bounds and discoveries and decide as a whole how to live better. Extinction is not only inevitable, but necessary in order for us a race to evolve.
Extinct animals that appear to look as though they share the genetic make up of two animals combined indicate towards racial discrimination and disharmony.
In this way the Tasmanian tiger represents the colonialism of Aborigines just as the Quagga represents the land rights of South African farmers and how the process failed to incorporate original landowners.
The keeping of bees represents slavery and class distinction in some countries, particularly some parts of India and the Middle East.
Chickens and their eggs are not so different for these too are connected in a way to slavery but a slightly different angle, as it is gender driven which in this sense is largely female. This in itself is a reflection of gender inequality, and how throughout history women have been treated as second class citizens – not only with the vote, but other things that are still deeply rooted within our society.
Things that are accepted as mainstream, such as farmed animals and insects, reflect societies views on the more mainstream issues such as slave trade and equal rights for everyone regardless of age, sex, race and religion. The closer the world comes to analyzing the right and wrongs of the food industry and the subsequent treatment of animals, the greener the population will become, and animals will no longer be thought of in this capacity. This as by way of a reflection towards humanity will also show a marked difference to the way that people themselves treat other people, for the two are one and the same. Equal rights and the prohibition of farming animals will come about at the same time.
There will be certain animals that no longer suit or can adapt to the changing world. I believe in the future that there will be a very small proportion of carnivores – if any at all. In order for this to happen I also believe that the human race will no longer rely on animals as a source of food as we do today.
We have a long way to go, but there will be a day, and it is not far off, where we will live in harmony with what animals we have left, because at the rate that we are going, it’s not going to take long before all we have left are the smaller creatures that eat nuts and forage – and what does that tell you about where we are headed as a species.