Saturday, October 20, 2007

A Jungle Tale

First of all, before I tell this tale, let me remind you I'm a plain old gorilla. No, not any ordinary animal but one who can read, speak and write.

Here's my tale of how wrong things are made right in my jungle home.

For several moons now, we have been having an ongoing crisis in our judicial system. Our society, or a large segment of it has lost faith in the judicial system. We think it is corrupted.

A law system in our green jungle paradise? Aye, we too have a law system-it used to be such a glorious judicial fair system with integrity in the past. It was one that used to stipulate that no one was above the law: from the maggots to the whale, all creatures, great and small would fear the law. There were fewer criminal acts because of this fear! It was the envy of many others in hundreds of other lands, I tell you!

Alas! Like I said, that was in the past!

Now, back to the present and my woeful tale-before the crisis, some mischievous monkeys-we always have all sorts of problems with these chattering animals of ours who can be quite an irritant in our civilized habitat-exposed that one of our flamboyant Legal Eagles had actually engaged in unfair buckaroo activities with those who are supposed to cleanly disperse out justice in our beautiful land.

These nefarious hanky panky may even deeply involve some of our leaders who may be fellow stubborn donkeys, human-eating crocodiles, lazy boars and others. Ah! Too many animals were caught with their dirty hands in the cookie jar!

I'll tell you why I say that some of our leaders may be involved somehow: they don't seem to want the best obvious solution...There's one such as a special tribunal that would be protective of all witnesses, 100% clear-cut and could resolve the whole matter fairly and quickly in public. Why is it not set up?

Now, not one single brave jungle animal of us, not even Sang Kancil or Sri Harimau, would want to foolishly come out and roar, howl, bray or meow out whatever we want to share of any knowledge of wrong-doings in the judicial system....because it's a no brainer that we would not be protected from prosecution or lawsuits.

So the clever ones in our mighty animal society have chosen a brilliant solution-the cunning monkey trick of all time-delay, delay, delay and hope that like our present murder trial (Some cowardly monkeys-who else- were monkeying around with something explosive and killed a harmless human) that is slowly ongoing at a snail's pace in our green paradise, the outraged public will eventually get bored and lose interest in it.

You see, some animals of ours-maybe, just maybe they've been overseas and learnt new monkey tricks from other foreign monkeys-have figured out that our emotions will calm down this way. It's kind of using soft kid gloves on us to handle a politically damaging problem. If we s get angrier and the anger gets out of hand, another tough measure, though highly unpopular, would likely involve jailing the annoying critical creatures with or without secret methods.

Fortunately for all, in a crafty move that has never been done by anyone in our society before, three wise creatures were chosen as a publicity stunt to assure every angry jungle creature something is being done. The ruling animals say, "Don't worry-it's a tiny weenie problem-just stay happy! Here's the best brilliant first solution!"

Hey , fellow animals, do you get the real message with the three wise ones?

Of course, in the course of the delay, we're having comic relief as well, provided by-who else-our top-rated entertaining jungle apes.

Yeah, guess what Wikipedia has to say about the proverbial Three Wise Monkeys?

Meaning of the proverb Just as there is disagreement about the origin of the phrase, there are differing explanations of the meaning of "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil."

* In Japan the proverb is simply regarded as a Japanese Golden Rule.

* Some simply take the proverb as a reminder not to be snoopy, nosy and gossipy.

* Early associations of the three monkeys with the fearsome six-armed deity Vajrakilaya link the proverb to the teaching of that cult that if we do not hear, see or talk evil, we ourselves shall be spared all evil. This may be considered similar to the English proverb "Speak of the Devil - and the devil appears."

* Others believe the message is that a person who is not exposed to evil (through sight or sound) will not reflect that evil in their own speech and actions.

* Today "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" is commonly used to describe someone who doesn't want to be involved in a situation, or someone turning a willful blind eye to the immorality of an act in which they are involved.

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