Think About Rabbits

I woke up earlier this morning and I wasn’t sure what to write about.  People want to read about politics, tax rates, the economy, crime, celebrities and the latest fad diet.  If I add a few controversial remarks to the mix I may get thousands of comments forming the spectrum of divided public opinion.  That’s not where I am today.  We all know what’s going on and if you don’t know, a simple Google search will lead you to the information you seek.  If you want to think about something a little different then read on.

This article is about bunnies.

Yes.  I’m talking about rabbits, hares, fluffy animals with big floppy ears and bushy tails.  But bear with me for a moment.  Perhaps there is more to bunnies than you thought.  Your associations may have a lot to say.  If you think of a rabbit, is he black, white, grey or spotted?  Is he real or animated?  Is he a he or in fact a she?  What does all of that mean?  That’s the psychological part of it.  Ask a Neo-Freudian.  Or do another Google search about mental associations.

Rabbits represent various cultures and symbols.   If you’re innocent-minded enough (or under the age of six) you may think of a grey mischievous fellow who runs around chewing carrots and asking “What’s up Doc?”  Perhaps you imagine small caged animals at pet shops or their cousins with more freedom in bunny parks.  If you live in a rural community, wild hares are those scruffy things that you try not to run over whilst driving at night and if you plant crops, they help themselves by nibbling on your harvest when you’re not around.  They can be a nuisance, cute or even repulsively smelly.  If you’re the owner of a Chinese restaurant, these creatures form part of your menu.   They also represent a year in Chinese astrology.  Rabbits procreate at an incredible rate.  Hence, there’s the saying “shagging like rabbits”.  The obvious symbol for that is the Playboy Bunny.  Let’s also not forget those chronically depressed beings from the Bunny Suicides that have caused many of us to “LOL”.

My point is that one silly little symbol can hold many different connotations.  Your haasie is not the same as my unogwaja.  People’s thoughts and ideas are different.  The social and cultural circumstances we grew up in vary.  Our ideas can either come together to form something bigger out of mutual interest and understanding or we can spend the next few hours, days, years or even decades bickering about which bunny is better.  None of them is better.  You cannot compare a sex symbol to a Loony Tunes icon or a child’s fuzzy friend to those floating bits of brown meat in your soup.  Seldom do we argue about bunnies.  It seems trivial and childish.  But are we hypocrites?  Read through some of the articles and commentary online today.  Listen to people’s conversations.  The bunnies are only a part of it.  Rabbits can represent you and the way we interact with them in society may have much say about us.  Are we cruel, kind, oblivious, apathetic, aware or influenced by mass media and consumerism?

I think bunnies are important.  What do you think?

Maja Dezulovic

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