GOOD-BYE GOLDEN CAGE, HELLO
I recently visited a zoo and spent a
few hours looking at birds in cages. There were cages of all
sizes. The birds appeared to be healthy and well-fed, but
somehow what I saw didn't seem even remotely right. I felt like
I was looking at a maximum security bird prison in which all
inmates were serving a life sentence without hope of parole.
I think that birds need more than food, water, and limited
space. They need freedom to soar on the updrafts and to allow
their instincts to show them the way. I can't believe that
Jailbirds are happy birds; they just were not designed to live
in cages. If I don't like living in a cage, I can't imagine why
a bird would like it either.
I also wasn't designed to live in a cage. That's one reason I
enjoy watching birds in free flight. They demonstrate
unfettered freedom that inspires me to spread my wings and fly.
The problem is that I spend too much time building golden cages
when I should be out soaring in total freedom.
Birds have an excuse. They didn't choose their golden cages.
They were captured, trained, and tamed to tolerate their
I, on the other hand, don't have an excuse. When I was born
into this world, I was given the freedom of choice. If I end up
living in a cage, it's because I decided to live there, and I
have no one to blame but myself.
Since I returned to "uncivilization", I met hundreds of people
living in golden cages. How do I know that? It's simple. They
are doing work that they hate so they can pay for a lifestyle
that is driving them crazy. Their cages come in all different
shapes and sizes. They are running on treadmills in Nowhere
Land, and most important of all, they are not living their
Take a look at the eagle at the top of this page. Imagine what
his life would be like if you put him in a cage. Would he be
Living in golden cages is not for the birds, and it's not for
me. I've learned my lesson. Good-bye golden cage, hello
freedom. No more golden cages for me.
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