Posts Tagged ‘Brookfield Zoo
Here’s Part Two of Megan Fox’s audit of the Brookfield Zoo, looking for anti-human prejudice and Leftist propaganda. Each section of the zoo has its own special kind of indoctrination. The Monkey House, I’m sure you can guess, is all about equating humans with animals and forcing displays on children that lower people to the level of animals. Watch the video and see different variations on this theme, always with a a little white boy sitting in positions like a monkey or a white man doing something superimposed over the shape of a monkey.
For political correctness, of course they used a white person for these illustrations. It’s okay with the PC crowd to directly compare a white person to a monkey. Actually, it’s more than “okay” to them…it’s a central facet of the Left’s religion of “Scientism”.
You wouldn’t believe how upset Megan and I made the Left with these Brookfield Zoo videos. The whole series scored almost a half a million hits on YouTube combined, in just under a month. What we discovered is that when the Left is challenged on things like this, they go bananas. They don’t know how to respond and they apparently aren’t used to being challenged. They’re a brittle bunch…and they lash out like wild animals when questioned.
Come to think of it…if anyone’s to be compared directly to animals, it’s the Leftists. Though that’s an insult to animals. And, truthfully, I’m more comfortable comparing Leftists to what they actually are: demons. The children of darkness, scratching and clawing and gnashing their teeth. Animals might not have souls, but they don’t operate from a place of evil either. Since Leftists are atheists for the most part, they don’t believe they have souls. And they sure as hell act like it.
This obsession with lowering humans to the level of “just animals” has to be part of the Devil’s work. Growing up Catholic, we didn’t spend much time on the Old Testament in school and the Book of Genesis was something mostly reserved for art class or penmanship (where we would either draw pretty pictures of the Garden of Eden or Noah’s Ark or we’d copy lines of verse in our special handwriting books to practice our cursive). Catholics, at least in Cleveland in the 1980s, didn’t spend any time at all debating whether the Book of Genesis was or wasn’t a word-for-word historical truth. We kept our focus on the New Testament and learned from Jesus’ teachings…and as far as I remember, Jesus didn’t spend any time at all talking about how life on Earth began.
It’s interesting to think about, sure, but it’s not something I have ever invested emotionally in. Growing up Catholic, I was taught that this was a key difference between us and both protestants and atheists. A religion teacher in high school promised that once we graduated and headed off to college that we’d be surprised to find that both protestants and atheists were obsessed with the book of Genesis; one side was committed to insisting that every word was true and the other was obsessed with mocking all Christians because they believed it to be just a creation myth, one of dozens from around the world.
I was always taught that humans are the caretakers of animals and that we’re a notch above them for a reason. We’re different from them and share a planet with them and have a responsibility to use them wisely. That means being kind and compassionate to them, understanding them wherever possible, and not harming them if it can be avoided. Cockroaches that have invested a kitchen should receive no mercy…but a single spider crawling on the wall deserves a humane relocation to the front yard instead of a swat with a newspaper.
I’ve never believed that humans came from monkeys. I believe that humans are here as caretakers of monkeys…and all the rest of the animal kingdom. I feel that humans and apes are examples of convergent evolution: we’re similar in a lot of ways but we didn’t come from them. This is like how sharks and dolphins look a lot alike in many ways, but dolphins didn’t used to be sharks. And both of them look a lot like ancient marine reptiles like ichthyosaurs, but neither sharks nor dolphins evolved from them.
I don’t think a zoo is the place for displays about the origins of life because I think zoos should focus on the animals that are alive today, not ancient history. Zoos should tell us all about the remarkable things that the animals displayed in the zoo can do. Let’s leave debate about what evolved from what or into what to another venue. That’s a great discussion for Sunday school or biology class, where a good portion of a semester can be devoted to various theories. For an afternoon at the zoo, let’s stick to displays that show how far a monkey can jump, what orangutans eat, how strong a gorilla is, and what other amazing things each of these animals can do.
When zoos veer off onto other tangents in these exhibits, it feels like an old episode of Dick Cavett where Gloria Swanson, Margot Kidder, and Janis Joplin are on…but it’s BizarroWorld so instead of asking any of them interesting questions about themselves, Cavett (in this alternate reality) instead decides to read the phone book. Could you imagine that? Gloria Swanson (aka, Norma Desmond). Margot Kidder (aka, Lois Lane). Janis Joplin (aka, Founding Member of Club 27). Right there, on his set…but instead of having one of the most fascinating conversations ever with three iconic people who were as different as night and day (and day, I guess), just imagine if Cavett had instead decided to begin somewhere in the “Ds” and recite an endless list of names and numbers (when no one asked him to do that). Wouldn’t that be horrifically disappointing?
This is how I feel when walking through a zoo and instead of telling us anything about the amazing creatures on display the zoo decides instead to either tell us that we’re nothing but relatively hairless monkeys or guilt trip us with another lecture about how humans are the bane of the planet and that we’re all DOOMED because the Anthropogenic Apocalypse is nigh.
There are orangutans at the Brookfield Zoo. There are gorillas too. They have all sorts of amazing monkeys I’ve never seen before and don’t know the names of. That’s partly because instead of having any information about them, instead Brookfield thought it was more important to have pictures of a little blonde haired white boy sitting on his haunches exactly like a monkey (who is squatting beside him).
What sinfully missed opportunities and poor judgment by the Zoo’s management team.
Megan Fox and I have been working on a few projects under the banner of “Story Time Digital Media”; one of those is a study of the museums and cultural institutions in Chicago to see what sort of subtle bias exists in what’s being put in front of the children here. Our theory is that even well-meaning places (like the Brookfield Zoo) end up with exhibits that push the Left’s agenda because people hired as Directors slip these things in whenever they can. Most people don’t even notice them.
The 1990s and 2000s seemed to have been the zenith for this sort of sneaky propaganda. All of the faded, mostly-ignored exhibits from that era have a lot of bias in them…this was the height of Al Gore’s popularity and the whole “Inconvenient Truth” bandwagon. None of these things have been updated much in recent years and new exhibits built around Chicago don’t seem to contain this garbage (that we’ve seen so far, at least). I’m fascinated by this.
Megan and I are working on putting together our first documentary film on the subject, with a companion book of essays, and these YouTube clips are the first step towards that. What we’re interested in is taking a look at places we remember from childhood as being propaganda-free…and then looking at what happened to them in the 1990s and 2000s when people in our age cohort were no longer paying attention to these places. When I was in my 20s and early 30s, I didn’t go to zoos or museums much. I certainly didn’t go as often as I did when I was a kid.
Now that my friends all have children who are zoo-going age and I take my godchildren to these places, too, I’m floored by how much the marketing and branding has changed. The Brookfield Zoo, in particular, is very focused on teaching little kids that humans are bad and are a blight on the planet. That’s not the sort of zoo experience I had as a child going to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
This “Adventures with Agua” exhibit (that the Illinois EPA installed at the zoo) is the craziest thing I have seen in a long time. It is a religious experience for the Left. In this exhibit, you can:
* self-flagellate for being a “bad person” for wasting water and making the planet sad
* learn the 35 New Commandments for being a “good person” by never washing your face, always wearing dirty clothes, and never taking vacations anywhere far away (unless you are one of the elites on the Left…and then no rules apply to you)
* purchase carbon credit and water indulgences to make up for past sins
* accept the reality that the game is rigged and you can never really become a “good person”, because no matter what you do you will never, ever do enough to save the planet since we are all doomed and the Anthropogenic Apocalypse is nigh
It’s all so crazy.
When I was a kid and my parents would take me to the zoo, I would learn so many cool things about animals that I was beside myself the whole car ride home. I just couldn’t wait to take out my markers and paper and draw pictures of the animals and I would beg for books on the animals and to learn more about them. The zoos got me so fired up that for a number of years I wanted to be a zookeeper or paleontologist when I grew up. The zoos hit a home run with my imagination.
Does this “Adventures with Agua” do that for kids today?
Do children listening to the zoos’ “humans are bad” garbage come home excited to learn about the animals?
I don’t think so. I imagine some kids even walk away from the zoo resenting the animals, since every exhibit seems determined to guilt trip the children into thinking they are responsible for these animals dying. At some point, if you are told over and over again that you are responsible for all the misery and suffering of a certain thing…then you resent that thing, because if that thing no longer existed then you would not have to listen to how bad you are for being responsible for harming that thing.
What an epic fail the Brookfield Zoo is.
Are zoos where you live like this too?
Since the audit we did of the Field Museum upset the Left so much, Megan Fox and I decided to travel to the Brookfield Zoo in the Chicago suburbs to see what propaganda lurked there. What we’re looking for during these museum audits includes displays at the zoo that:
(1) Teach children that humans are bad and are destroying the planet.
(2) Guilt trips about how “fragile” all the animals are and how everything that people do kills animals (which makes humans bad). Even looking at an animal for too long can kill it. Breathing in an animal’s general direction can kill it. Getting out of bed in the morning kills tons of animals. Etc.
(3) Ego trips about how only the Left knows how to live and how the white elites of the West should dictate how the brown and black people in other countries live (there’s a lot of that in these displays). You wouldn’t believe how much neocolonial nonsense the Left spouts, where these elite preach about what businesses should or should not be allowed to exist in Asian and African countries. That always makes me wonder if the elites have investments in Western companies that produce those products…so the animals are really being used as propaganda chips to keep industries from developing in Asia and Africa that would compete with existing companies that have monopolies today.
What’s with all the propaganda?
Zoos weren’t like this when I was a kid. At least the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the Toledo Zoo, and the Cincinnati Zoo back in Ohio weren’t like this. But for some reason the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago is just chock full of propaganda here in 2014. Unsuspecting families who go there expecting a fun time with their children where they would learn a few things about cool animals come away disappointed: because instead of providing facts about the animals in the exhibits, the Zoo uses that space to teach kids that the Anthropogenic Apocalypse is coming and that we’re all doomed. DOOOOOOOMED!, they say.
There’s also a lot of weirdness where the Left indoctrinates the children into the cult of carbon credit indulgences and other bizarre cultist things they can do as penance to become “good people”. Exhibits that should be teaching the kids about the amazing things that animals can do instead tell the kids that only if they go home and throw away all food with palm oil in it and yell at their parents to never buy anything with palm oil as an ingredient then — and only then — will they be “good people”. But, even that won’t save the planet…because we’re all DOOOMED.
And it’s probably happening in your local zoo too. Have you noticed it? Why do zoos have to be like this now?
Why can’t zoos just focus on educating kids on the wonders of the natural world?
If the goal of the zoo is to promote conservation, I don’t understand the weird guilt trips and the apocalypse hysteria. Consider this:
* The Brookfield Zoo’s tactic is to beat children over the head with propaganda that tells them that humans are bad, that their parents are bad, and that all animals are fragile and that just about everything that people do kills these animals and soon there will be no animals left and the planet will explode and we’ll all be dead. Is that supposed to encourage the children to grow up to love these animals and want to protect them? I don’t think the people behind this marketing/indoctrination program have ever worked with children. So…the Zoo succeeds in being depressing and becomes a place that kids don’t really want to go, because it’s so doom and gloom and sad there. And the kids leave not learning anything about animals, but instead go home feeling hopeless and possibly even suicidal. How does this benefit the animals or nature?
* The zoos have been engaged in this doom and gloom propaganda for probably 20 years now. Has it made the situation better? Have animals been saved because a whole generation of children was taught to hate themselves and believe that the planet is fragile and will be destroyed at any moment? Has this propaganda made things better?
* Remember back in the 80s and 90s? Zoos were fun places that inspired imagination. Remember going to a zoo on a field trip? That was easily the highlight of the entire school year. It was fun. We learned about the amazing things that the animals could do. When we got back to our desks we couldn’t wait to take out our markers and paper and draw pictures of the new animals we “discovered” and the things we learned about them. There was absolutely zero talk about the apocalypse or about humans being bad. Humans were celebrated as the caretakers of all these wonderful creatures…and people were never depicted as infectious parasites that are destroying the planet.
There is a real sickness in the Left. The Leftists have a suicidal impulse that wants to collapse civilization and eradicate humans. Sadly, they don’t want to start with themselves (which would solve the problem).
At some point, isn’t it time to take a look at what the zoos are doing and ask them why they don’t go back to doing things the way they used to do them…seeing as how this “humans are bad” push hasn’t made anything better in the last 20 years since they started it?