“It,” was large, massive, obvious, and right in their faces, yet – no one seemed to notice the rhinoceros standing on the sidewalk. At first glance, I figured that certainly someone would look at the rhino. It wasn’t like it was of any danger to humans, unlike its real world incarnation and its cousin of sorts the hippopotamus – both are very dangerous animals to be around, while I never thought so, when one years circus featured a trained hippo, I thought, “what it the big deal? In fantasia the hippos were happy, probably tripping on some substance.” Upon talking to some animal trainers, each had a deep respect for the act, “hippo’s are one of the most dangerous animals on the planet.” So I took a moment and sat and watched the people on the street. Not one took the time to look at the rhino, instead, each was off to work and or purchase the goods in one of the nicer areas of Zurich, where the purveyors and sellers of luxury items all set up camp, just like they do in various spots on the globe, and they sell lots of very expensive things to keep, as my one friend puts it, “a lot of people employed.” I don’t despise consumerism job creation, but I really wonder, “will we ever get past the need and acquisition of stuff to move the planet in a direction where it doesn’t matter what “class, placement, or tribe” you come from – people would actually have some ingrained respect for each other that emanates across the board. I mean, the rhino must be lonely, in some respects it reminds me of going to church in town. I am not small, nor do I possess any invisible cloaking technology, it seems the only one the notices I am in the church, is the invisible one, as the humans around me react much like the people on the street oblivious that there is a big rhino on the sidewalk. It reminds me of walking down the streets of new York city, where homeless would be staggered for various spots, asking for money. In the later case, I have stopped to observe people walking by, many have either become hardened, or just realize they can’t help everyone or anyone, they just walk by, many with cute little dogs with baubles and designer outfits to accentuate that they are special to the owner – yet – other humans get treated much like that big rhino in the street – walked past, not a glimpse, look, “hello” or smile.
“It” just gets ignored, despite “it” being a living, breathing, human being, not a lifeless sculpture of a rhinoceros standing on the sidewalk – invisible to humanity.