Night time at The Circus is the most exciting.
It is when the vampires come to watch. They lust for blood.
They know the wild comes out at night.
There is fire.
The Circus is in a fortunate position. Its blood-trade is spectacle.
Its lineage, too. That is why it is fortunate.
It can pull crowds with its people.
The circus people are like fairground people.
There are none like them.
Luckily for the wild animals The Circus can soon excuse them from service.
Most human beings understand their plight.
Their ‘wildness’ has worn off, anyway. They are tarnished. Has-beens.
Where is the magic in a has-been? If you are honest you will admit there is none.
If you are not convinced then take time to walk around after the show.
Peruse the cages. The stakes.
Notice the eyes of the wild animals. They are dead.
Know that is because they no longer dream.
The subject of the ringmaster is bound to come up. He is a hot topic.
He has begged off again, citing a scratch from one of the big cats.
An infection. Perhaps he will die of tiger?
More likely he will die of scorn. Or rumours.
Whichever, one more no-show and he is out.
There is a three-strike rule for ringmasters.
Of course there is his understudy. There is always an understudy.
Luckily a voice-over is a voice-over no matter who presents.
The ringmaster’s absence does not mean The Circus does not run.
It just manages itself differently.
The wild animals get a night of zoo-treatment. They do not get a night off.
Flashing cameras. Squeals. Pussy-pussy-pussy.
Watch the elephants rocking. Back and forth, back and forth.
They are not dancing, no. They are screaming.
For their captors these screams are not good news.
For the ringmaster, a depression with the elephants is especially bad news.
He is the clown when they refuse later to work for his voice.
What is the point of sitting in your armchair thinking about the changes you would like to see in the world? There is no point to that. You have to do something constructive in order that your thoughts have any sway at all, otherwise you might as well not bother having them. Thoughts without an active thinker are not helpful. As I have said before, act rather than don’t in this world because your voice – however you choose to speak – might be the one that makes the difference. The good news is that there are a great many situations in our world that need improving. This world is as yet far from perfect and that means there is a lot to work on. We are a lot. The odds are in our favour should we put our minds to making a change; we can make a statement and simultaneously tidy up some residual untidyness.
Should you dislike circus animals, for instance, then find out how the Netherlands set about banning performing animals from their country and get busy making that statement in your own arena. How about this time being the person who stands up and does something instead of being the disillusionist sitting on the sidelines griping? Do you know how tiring a whining voice? It precludes itself from being heard.
Boycott oriental arts across the board because the Asians refuse to honour life on earth, refuse on principle to visit zoos and circuses because your money is what keeps these sideshows in business. Do not forget that there are a lot of animals currently trapped in circuses and housed in zoos. What will happen to those helpless creatures once the circuses shut down and the zoos lose their patronage – because I do believe that they eventually all will. Perhaps there are private reserves that could house these wild orphans. Perhaps. One would hope that when they are freed from their particular brand of slavery they will find their way to a place they could call home. It will not be the wild as it once was in their blood, but it could be a safe haven free from prying eyes and ringmaster’s whips. I believe there is place in Africa for every one of these exploited animals. Africa is like that with her big heart.
I marvel at man’s audacity. He attempts to tame the wild and uses his mastery to bring misery to living creatures. I am sure this was never our purpose.