When Does Cultural Insanity Hit the Breaking Point?
by Lenny Esposito
The Internet is ablaze with all kinds of opinions on about the shooting of Harambe, a seventeen-year-old gorilla zookeepers shot at the Cincinnati Zoo after the beast grabbed a three year old child who had fallen into his enclosure. Twitter showed the hashtag #JusticeForHarambe was trending over the weekend and a change.org petition entitle “Justice for Harambe” has garnered over 350,000 signatures urging that the parents of the toddler “be held accountable for the lack of supervision and negligence that caused Harambe to lose his life.”1
Obviously, this only proves there are 350,000 people in the world who have never had to watch a toddler for an extended period of time.
Others are decrying the response of the zoo in shooting the ape. NBC News reported “Animal rights activists continued to protest Monday” over Harambe’s death. But just what is there to protest? A child’s life was in danger and the only way to guarantee his safety was to shoot the animal. This is a no-brainer, yet it has seen a significant amount of coverage and discussion across the various media outlets.
Detaching Desire from Reality
The gorilla protesters aren’t a big thing by themselves. However, the event is indicative of a very scary trend that has been developing rather quickly in society. People have basically decoupled themselves from reality…
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