No matter what the circumstances a pig is a pig, I proclaim. You can call it Napoleon, Squalor (as Eric Arthur Blair did in his Animal Farm), you can call its edible body parts as pork, you can use it as a metaphor to represent “dictatorships” or else “nascent greedy democracies“, you could even employ the terms like pig, hog, swine or else wild boar to call it differently. But as I said before, a pig is a pig. It’s filthy, had a hysterical oink (that disgusting noise, “animalistic shriek” it produces), it never understands the value of self-ablutions let alone “emancipating the animal farm” and proclaim a “revolutionary, animal-led democracy – from the pigs, by the pigs and for the pigs” (had Abe Lincoln been a pig, his speech on “democracy” could have been this one).

Attempting to call pigs differently and patronize them for just being pigs is what we have generally been wasting our time on. It is, once again, like I said – A pig is a pig. The “democratic” attempt aimed at “civilizing pigs” could only happen “when pigs fly!“, as they say. To this end, our collective efforts to treat them differently are as the saying goes, once again, is an ignorant act of putting “lipstick on a pig.

But there’s also the other side of this story. Contrary to conventional “European beliefs” and “savage African superstitions” pigs are marked by qualities like bright thinking, their versatile ability to master skills, their aptitude for “civilization.” To quote from the Oaks website,

Pigs are marked by brightness and may be taught to shepherd sheep easily, even. Yet in some ways they are much like us humans. 

And this is to mean, to point to the fact that, if pigs are to be treated and understood differently from the rest of the filthy class of animals they belong to, they have to have the legally sanctioned right of being treated “as a human being” or else it is a toil to no avail.

As such, as the Yoruba say “Before you ask a man for clothes, look at the clothes that he is wearing.” Before you attempt to define, humanize, civilize and democratize pigs together with your collective “endeavor” to “sanitize” them, look at the “humanly” clothes they’re wearing.

NB: The species of pigs I’m talking about, as you could obviously find out, is not the one that lives in the jungle or dwells in a piggery – pig proper, rather  the pig in our very midst. I’m talking about the humanoid pigs and the human pigs, in particular.

Published by Hibamo Ayalew

Very recently I've come to the decision that I've to say what I've to say in ways I wanted to say irrespective of the "feelings" of the mediocre creatures out there crawling the earth in search of solace where there's none. Seeking wisdom in the Desert of the Real.

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