She’s all posed up for her next public dance
Just waiting for her master’s next command
Her life is in chains, now the chains she enjoys
Because no other life she has ever known
I encountered this monkey many years ago in my native country.
Monkey Dance Shows are almost banned now, thanks to animals rights activists. But having closely observed their gestures, the way these monkeys obediently follow their master’s instructions and keep everyone, including themselves, amused…a thought came into my mind as I replied to this photo challenge.
That we all are like these monkeys…enslaved by other humans like us. Whether it is too much love for other humans that makes us weak…or it is our bias or contempt for anyone who is not one of ‘us’…both strong emotions bind and chain our hearts rather than liberating us for higher goals in life.
We are also slaves of our own bad habits – totally controlled by our addictions, laziness, lying, arrogance and what not. A simple tea addiction often ruins my day.
Thirdly, we all have circumstances and environment beyond our control that restrict us, and define our behaviour and our personalities for so long that we lose our real identity…and we ourselves start believing in, even appreciating this half-life we are living.
So yes…in all the above three cases, we are unable to break off the shackles created by forces outside or inside us, and as a result we do not live the life we were supposed to live.
We can’t break the barriers as we are afraid of something…we don’t know what will happen if….say…we step out of our comfort zone.
Therefore, we are no different from monkeys dancing to the tune of others…
Like this monkey we too have been chained by one of the above factors for so long that we haven’t known any other life…so we pretend to be happy in our situation. It suits us to consider it a delightful chain…
Now that was a lot of sermonising for a photo challenge.
Relax!!! Breathe in…
Let God be the only master, who makes us dance to His/Her tune.
For when He decides we can’t avoid….that’s for sure.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Express Yourself.”
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