This mindless dissipation of energy makes the rooster vulnerable; it causes it to tire easily, easy to catch, trap and most gravely, prevents it from catching its meal under harsh conditions! Any wonder why the rooster would prefer to be a domestic animal and continue to serve on plates of those that provide it’s food and shelter rather than living free in the wild on its own and fend for itself.
While pondering the situation we find ourselves in the country, the mannerism of two animals quickly come to mind. Both are domesticated animals but one is primarily kept to serve as meal for the “higher animals”, while the other is groomed and sometimes tolerated to share the living quarters of the “higher animal” commonly referred to as the owner. As one continues to examine these two animals, one wonders if this clear disparity in essence or “lot” is not connected to their mannerisms. It is fact that, every animal is capable of surviving the wild but some for certain reasons seem to thrive in domestication under the mercy (protection, provision) of a higher animal. It may not be possible to fully understand why the cat and rooster are susceptible for domestication but a study of their mannerisms in domestication will be quite insightful.
The cat and the rooster like all other animals are born free to roam but due to circumstances ( of accidents of nature, adaptation, history, wars, alliances, etc) beyond their control, some animals become domesticated by others. Where an abrupt or immediate breakaway from domestication is either perceived to be “suicidal” or is not readily fathomable, an examination of the mannerisms of the aforementioned domestic animals could be a reasonable forward path to ascertain a better mannerism to adopt to achieve the desired goal. When a man subjugates an animal, it is domestication but if and when that same thing is done to a fellow human being, it is shrouded under different names but the principles and the reason the victims stomach this vile contraption or status quo, are strikingly similar!
In order to further unravel this apparent enigmatic menace, let us examine the stealthiness of the cat and the heavy footsteps of the rooster.
As we may all know, an average cat is heavier, faster and stronger than an average rooster. A cat has teeth and can bite with venom when necessary. It can see even in the dark and as a hunter it is patient, smooth and skillful. In dangerous clime, it is quiet, watchful and alert to any opportunity for either overcome or for flight (sorry, dash) for safety; any wonder why it is considered to have nine lives. The reason the cat is not ready regular meal for other animals is neither mystical nor is its flesh less tastier but its nature must be a significant part of that reason.
The rooster on the other hand has wings and can fly over a considerable distance and can climb heights that the cat never attain. Although the cat is a good climber, it needs a surface to do so but the rooster needs only it’s wings to ascend. Unlike cats ( which rarely engage other cats in fights), the rooster is blind at night, is notorious for its frequent combats with other birds over little or nothing. It is a poor hunter, fearful, very impatient, noisy and agitated at the slightest provocation. Under any emergency, one can hear the rooster’s cackling voice and heavy footsteps that give away its exact location and speed to either assailant or prey. This mindless dissipation of energy makes the rooster vulnerable; it causes it to tire easily, easy to catch, trap and most gravely, prevents it from catching its meal under harsh conditions! Any wonder why the rooster would prefer to be a domestic animal and continue to serve on plates of those that provide it’s food and shelter rather than living free in the wild on its own and fend for itself.
A mental assessment that perhaps could provide one possible answer to the sad and annoying issue of human subjugation by other humans may be a careful examination of some parallel of the mannerism of the cat and the rooster. Setting aside (for a moment, just for this analysis alone) all history of how we got here and what had happened , it quite sad to observe that although Ijaw people, in terms of quality and content are more like cats in its precinct but seem to act more like the rooster instead. We do far too less than our collective potential, we make too much noise and our missed-calculated footsteps are too heavy! We make no plans for consolidation, for exigency or for emergency. We abhor synergy so we work alone from and in our comfortable cells, cocoons (and desks) and often end up at cross-purposes. Even when we manage to come together albeit briefly, we fight like gladiators not minding the glass bowl (aquarium) we are in. In the greater scheme of things, if and when some of us manage to come on top, we continue to fight as a one man army and end up like a flag on a hilltop, all alone and a target practice for all to be brought down. Watch cats in action and do the same with roosters and determine which behavioral pattern is more suitable for an endangered group of people to adopt. Effective and silent collaborations are needed for moments like this; instead of all the noise making in the media we hear. If we end up winning all the media fights but we fail to win over a good crop of foot or head soldiers to fight the real war on our side, of what benefit is that to the common Ijaw man except the few media warriors that may emerge?
Is it not far better to assess our strengths and hide our capabilities away from known and likely adversaries than to flaunt our potentials that hitherto had hardly been tried, tested or proven? Could we not in a carefully determined fashion, thread surely forward but softly and hopefully get what we collectively want out of our deliberate plans we must have made in the end? While in negotiation under any clime, whether in congress or in captivity, it is certainly better to GO-LIGHTLY by adopting the stealthiness of a cat rather than the heavy footsteps of a rooster..