A human finds a talking lion in a zoo. He is amused and engages it for a conversation
Human: You may be the king of the jungle. But we humans rule the planet. Wouldn’t you agree?
Lion: Depends on how you look at it.
Human: Ha, an arguing lion! Remember that you are behind the bars!
Lion: You humans have the tendency to divert the topic, especially when you are afraid of losing an argument!
Human: Do you know how many senses we have? Do you know how clever we are? That partly explains why we are free and you are not!
Lion: Let us come to my freedom later. How do you say you are free?
Human: What a silly question! We have a lot of freedom. Freedom of expression for example….
Lion: Freedom of expression is it? If you feel that your boss is talking nonsense can you tell him as much and ask him to shut up?
Human: That may not be a practical….
Lion: Can you say that to your wife?
Human: That is totally impractical!
Lion: To your five year kid at least?
Human: Oh no! At least in the other two cases, I may not get beaten up!
Lion: What other freedom do you have?
Human: We have freedom of choice. For example, we can do any job that we like….
Lion: I see. But you do not have the freedom to not work at all.
Human: How can you not work at all? You need to eat, have a shelter, buy medicines – do all that stuff, right?
Lion: Do you think I don’t eat, I don’t have a shelter, I don’t get medicines? Do you think I work to get all that? You don’t even seem to have the freedom that I do, in this matter!
Human: That’s because we are feeding you, we are giving you a shelter, we are….
Lion: Exactly. How stupid!
Human: Well you can’t beat us in this. We have intellectual freedom. We can acquire knowledge, grow our intellect and hence are enlightened beings.
Lion: And what exactly do you do with all that intelligence and enlightenment? Develop nuclear weapons, long range missiles and firearms to kill each other? Have you ever seen a lion killing another lion? But you kill each other. You kill other animals, you destroy forests, you pollute the environment, increase global warming and you claim you are intelligent! Do you think intelligent creatures will do all these things?
Human: At least, we can move freely outside. You are inside the cage. You are behind the bars!
Lion: In my point of view, even you humans are behind the bars. It actually looks like that from inside here! If you choose to call this a prison, then even you are in one – but slightly larger, that’s all! Even though your prison spans a huge geographical area, you have infinitesimally much lesser freedom than me!
Human: I can even shoot you right now!
Lion: You can’t. Do you know the procedure to own a pistol and get a license for it? Even if you manage that, do you know what will happen if you shoot a lion which is locked inside a cage? Haven’t you heard of the Protection of Endangered Species Wildlife act?
PS: Stop being cruel to animals 😉 BTW, humans are also animals 😛