Did you hear they’ve banned goldfish bowls in Italy?
Yep, I’m serious. In the northern Italian region of Monza, home to Italy’s Formula 1 Grand Prix, they’ve banned their citizens from keeping goldfish in bowls.
Because, they argue, a fish kept in a bowl has a distorted view of reality… and suffers because of this.
Because how many people around us have a distorted view of reality? Carrying around their own goldfish bowl of suffering.
But perhaps there is something about fish.
In an experiment years ago they placed a large fish in an aquarium with plenty of little fish to feed on. And eat it did. Until the heartless researchers placed a glass partition in the tank dividing it in two, splitting the big fish off from his food source. And of course he put up a protest. Thrashing around, banging the glass… until he realized his efforts were in vain. So he gave up. Only thing is the researchers removed the glass partition when he wasn’t looking. And the little fish began swimming all around him again. But he didn’t touch them. So convinced was he that they were beyond his reach. And so he starved to death in a sea of food.
Conditioned to believe it was impossible.
We can’t be that stupid… can we?