Free vs Caged

“Better to be a free dog than a caged lion” Arabian Proverb


For a moment think of your feelings if you are caged.

And if caged forever?

Do you have any idea what bird’s or animal’s feelings when they are caged?

The first thing is they must be wondering whether they will be in the cage forever.

Secondly, they must be wondering when they are going to be killed and eaten.

So throughout.. they are in a state of anxiety.

I know what you are thinking

You are anxious to question… what about many birds singing even when they are in a cage or zoo animals enjoying free dinner and lunch without spending energy as they do in hunting!

My friend read this Gem.

“We think caged birds sing when indeed they cry”. John Webster

Now read this one about animals.

‘Within the prison walls of every zoo sit tortured souls, with empty eyes and broken spirits” Unknown

And some think if at all animals are living it’s because of zoos. Being protected from poachers.

“People forget the good that zoos do. If it weren’t for zoos, we would have so many species that would be extinct today” Betty White

And your thoughts?

How do we differ from God?

“God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages” Jacques Deval

Now coming to our ‘life’ part

Are we free or are we caged?

I am not talking about politics.

The answer is simple. Think Philosophically.

“Sometimes life seems like a poorly designed cage, within which man has been sentenced to be free” Sheldon B Copp

Yes, we are all disappointed at the way, our beloved life treats us. But remember God has provided us with a unique power, known as resilience.

And we live in our hopes, as the poor Coronavirus has realised by experiencing our resilience.

Please share your thoughts.

Thank you.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏
Philosophy Through Photography

This post is part of Mama Cormier’s Thursday Trios– Photo Challenge.

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22 thoughts on “Free vs Caged

  1. Caged creatures are on display, subjected to a cacophony of unsettling human scrutiny, acclimated over time to know when their next meal will arrive. We think of ourselves as free, not realizing how we’ve allowed technology to cage us. Social media puts us on display, profiles are scrutinized, our worth determined by likes and follows. We respond on cue to alerts and pings, allow apps to access content, think nothing of Google Timeline tracking every step of every day. Caged or free? More like tagged and released.

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    1. Well said my friend.
      You are absolutely right.
      We are caged by technology.
      And this a slavery of unique kind.
      May be on par with addiction of similar kinds.
      So a person’s worth is assessed not by his or her moral values but by the number of followers.
      Many times I have a hearty laugh when somebody in blogosphere insists that I should ‘like’ their posts irrespective of my interests and tastes.
      So much about addiction and modern slavery.
      But strangely we don’t realise this.
      May be we are enjoying the world with closed eyes?
      And AI taking us to where?🤔🤔
      Love your last sentence….tagged and released….but without being put in a cage physically.

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  2. Animals should NOT be behind cages and if their natural progression in their species is to be extinct, so be it, why should we keep them alive? For our own benefit? Zoo’s are animal abuse.

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    1. I think there are two schools of thoughts.
      One school says better they are in Zoo so that one can prevent their extinction.
      Another school of thought is against this and advocate what you said.
      Some said ,as long as people are willing to buy animal products,poachers continue to thrive at the cost of animal kingdom.
      Why blame anybody?


  3. This makes me think of the verse in Pink Floyd’s song, Wish You Were Here. It goes, “Did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?” I never gave it much thought until I was older, but that’s how many adults engage life. Early on, as young adults, they go out ready to fight the war of life. After many lost battles they succumb to the safety of it’s cage.


  4. This is quite the conversation. Thanks for posting it on Thursday Trios. I think Zoos have evolved over the years. I have always loved them but I know that there are some that are not great spaces for animals that need to roam. If you’ve ever watched a caged bird that is allowed to fly around its owners home it always returns to its cage because it is their source of food and they feel safe. Even in the wild they return to their nest and hide in trees. I follow a site for our zoo and I’m so impressed with the care, love and attention the animals get. The idea that we should allow animals to become extinct because of poachers and human bad behaviour is deplorable to me.

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    1. Thank you Mama Cormier.
      Agree with you regarding small enclosures for large animals in the Zoo.
      May be things have to change a lot.
      Glad to know that in many zoos, zoo keepers are taking lot of care for these innocent animals.
      Yes .Any living creature always longs for a safe Heaven.
      Once they are used to these Heavens, they hesitate to leave…or come back.
      Thank you for your ‘trios’ idea.

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