To Conform or Confront – The Zoo or the Wild

My last posting attracted a lot of interest and even raised some eyebrows in certain quarters. My aim in these series is to raise the level of debate and discussion which leads to positive behavior which leads to constructive action. I torched the storm in my analogy of the zoo behavior or the wild instincts as we look at passing on true genes to generations after us. In some sense we are a people in captivity or zoo where our capacity to achieve our full potential is curtailed by a myriad of reasons with one of them being that we have failed to capture the instincts of our forebears who were prepared to die for their emancipation and that of generations after them.

In the animal kingdom animals are taken to the zoo for the following reasons;

  1. They would have been orphaned and therefore are unable to feed, fight or reproduce in their natural habitat.
  2. They would have been injured and hence need assistance and protection for their survival.
  3. They would be faced with extinction if they remain in their natural habitat. This extinction is mainly because of negative climate changes, an epidemic or human interference which would have disrupted their feeding, fighting capabilities and reproductive potential.
  4. They are needed for recreational purposes in areas where they are no longer found in their natural habitats.

To some extent we find ourselves in zoos of some sort locally or abroad and the reasons are similar to those why animals end up in zoos as stated above.

Most of these animals once they have been accustomed to the zoo they are incapable of surviving in the wild since they then develop a dependence syndrome. They depend on their captors and the new environment which in most cases do not allow them to tap into their God-given instincts. The zoo keepers would now have the capacity to patronize and manipulate the animals at will.

Zimbabweans are known to be peace loving, compliant and hard working. Whilst these are admirable qualities which make the world love us and admire us, they are also qualities in animals you find in zoos! We are quite comfortable in fulfilling other nations and peoples dreams. We are at peace staying in zoos even when the conditions are quite clear we have lost our nature and hence our identity. Our captors and indeed the zoo keepers ensure our natural instincts are never triggered and if by some reason they are, we are placed in isolation or transferred to a much more secure zoo, sadly you can be put to “sleep” so that such behavior is not copied by other animals in a zoo.

Amazingly in the wild, animals still remain peaceful amongst same species, compliant to the dictates of their species and understand the art of survival and procreation. People pay lots of money to see these animals in their natural habitats! The animated movie Madagascar clearly demonstrates this analogy.

My informed and personal view is that we have allowed mediocrity and lunacy to prevail because we are behaving like animals in a zoo. Our tolerance to bad governance and corruption in all aspects of our lives seem to condemn us to the zoo at the mercy of our captors and the environment.

Do we conform to the zoo and forget our God-given instincts and potential, or we confront and break out of the zoo and reclaim our lost or dormant alpha status.

The day we start standing up for that which is right and confront that which is wrong we would be back to renewing our alpha status and self-emancipation.


2 Corinthians 5:2-8, For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

Philippians 1:21, For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.