Are you a tame lion?
As little cubs, these prisoner lions did what they instinctually knew how to do – they played, they fought with their siblings, and they hunted. But as they grew and became domesticated, they were taught never to fight, hunt, or roar. Their powerful wildness was locked away, just as they were, within the confines of their zoo habitat. Like the lions, we begin our lives with the exuberance and enthusiasm of the cubs. But society teaches us that we don’t want to be wild or fight or hunt. We are taught to value comfort, passivity, and subservience over revealing our power. We learn such clichés as “Good things come to those who wait.” We are told that it is meaningless to try. Society has a way of harnessing us, so we don’t awaken our wild lion within. Eventually we become like the mature zoo lion – domesticated and silenced. Add to that our life experiences that cause pain and hardship and make us believe that life is tough, unfair, and abusive.