Monthly Feature 15: Zootopia

Zootopia–a play on the word utopia. Utopia–that can also be pronounced as Zootopia (in Sanskrit and in Nepali). Zootopia–a movie I watched twice in about twenty hours. One of the movies I cannot forget.

“Anyone can be anything in Zootopia,” Judy Hopps, the first rabbit police officer claims. But Nick Wilde, a fox and con says, “Everyone comes to Zootopia, thinking they could be anything they want. But you can’t. You can only be what you are. Sly fox. Dumb bunny.” Between these two quotes exists the story of Zootopia–the major city of world in which “preys” and “predators” are history. They have learned to live in harmony.

But fear still exists. Animals that were traditionally “preys” fear that the “predators” may go savage again. Someone targets the fear, turns some predators into savages and disrupts the harmony. Maybe Mr. Big (a tiny shrew(?)–I think he is a shrew, I don’t know😜) is correct in saying, “We may be evolved, but deep down we are still animals.”

Zootopia shows fear and prejudices can disrupt the peaceful coexistence. “Predators” are ostracized. Zootopia was, “a unique place. It’s a crazy, beautiful, diverse city, where we celebrate our differences,” Gazelle, the popstar says. She adds, “This is not the Zootopia I know. The Zootopia I know is better than this. We don’t just blindly assign blame. We don’t know why these attacks keep happening. But it is irresponsible to label all predators as savages. We cannot let fear divide us. Please, give me back the Zootopia I love.”

Fear rules the modern world and it is fear that divides us. A world free of fear can only unite us all.

More info on IMDb

Our Similarities within Our Differences

There are more that 7 billion humans and each of us is unique. The difference begins from a small section of DNA- the molecule of life. Extremely minute variations distinguishes me from other people. These variation give me my  genetic identification. My DNA is however, not much varied from yours. If it had varied even by 1%, I would have been an Orangutan, and a variation of 1.5% would have made be a Chimp. We are humans, the most interactive beings in the Earth. We might belong to different sexes, races, ethnicity and speak different languages but the word “Humans” makes us one.

We might follow the paths paved by different religious sects. I have been guided by the Hindu principles. Some of my friends have been guided by the Buddha, some by Christ and some by Mohammed. Some of them still worship the land on which they live and grow crops. There are still some who don’t believe upon God. Whatever faith they may have, they are my friends and I respect their choices. In fact these choices reflect the society in which they were born. The diversity of human societies is amazing and yet we all believe in one common goal- Happiness. Several paths have been suggested for us to obtain happiness and all of these include Love, Harmony, and Co-existence.

We might have different hobbies. We might have been doing the works of our hobby; some thinking of doing someday before they themselves perish. Some of us might be outspoken, while some may be introvert. Whatever we do, we seek for pleasure and that is what we live for.

At last,

Everything in this Universe is random. For the Earth to be in a habitable zone, for her to conceive billions of organisms out of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen were random events. The origin of humans was random. The life that we got is random. To create an order out of this randomness is within our capacities. No matter how different you are from me, we are heading to the same light of knowledge and recognizing similarities within our differences.