When I was a young lad I looked forward to many things, Christmas cheer, birthday presents, sports games, Sicilian thug poker, and my ability to selfishly find ways to fold space and time. But I only ever kept a calendar checklists for one thing, the circus.
In retrospect I have no idea why. I mean, I love the circus, but it wasn’t like I was going to visit the Moon in a spaceship filled with supermodels. But for whatever reason, I would X off those days until I got to the O and got to go see the elephants and all those lunatic performers.
Well, so much for passing down that tradition. With the circus set to close, millions of children everywhere will have to find some other cool event to count down to on their smartphone’s calendar application powered by Google Android Colossus (your kiddy’s calendar schedule is privacy ad fodder for Google’s maw).
Could Ringling Brothers have survived in our Internets era? Gee for all our sakes I sure hope so. I really hope modern entertainment entails something other than freaking VR hooked directly to our brain stems while we foam at the mouth.
But what I do know is the circus’ death was accelerated by the animal rights folks. Even the elephants were already scheduled to go away, well before Ringling Brothers threw in the whole towel. What’s a circus without the elephants?
Reading the animal rights folks coo over their victory makes me sad. Wow, that circus sure was a lot of fun. No more. For you see, taking an animal from the wild (where nature is a vicious wheat thresher) and giving an elephant a longer life expectancy and quality of life while brining young children joy and knowledge of nature is barbaric.
I might be (am) a lunatic. But I’ll just go say this right now: first the circus, then the zoo. Every animal rights argument that you can apply to the circus, equally applies to the zoo. Now that the haters have claimed one scalp, why would they stop? I’ll just say (roughly) that within three decades or so zoos will be severely curtailed and/or closed.
And kids will only get to see a tiger or lion in a book, on their smartphone app, or on a safari for the ultra-rich. To the activists I would say, think folks don’t care about nature now? Wait until they close the zoo and kiddies can only see apes in books.