Lambert the Sheepish Lion, in the video below, should be called Lambert the Postmodern Lion for reasons this post will elaborate. This post will also show how the sheep who adopts Lambert isn’t compassionate, but selfish and culpable.
1. False Consciousness
The story of Lambert shows how a dysfunctional society can foster false consciousness. It also does injustice by putting things out of place, which the Qur’an calls kharab (messing things up) and fasad (corruption). See my post: Go Home! A Summary of My Philosophy of Justice. Individuals and social institutions aren’t intrinsically benevolent but selfish, like the sheep who wants the cub and the stork who’s “just a delivery guy.”
The story of Lambert is comparable to the interpretation of the myths of Sisyphus and Oedipus by postmodernists. The latter take these myths to illustrate that the only alternative to physical or mental suicide is to accept one’s fate and to see that ‘All is well.’ The moral absurdists surmise–that we must accept the absurd; for instance, that Lambert is a sheep–is absurd. Absurdism rather represents the failure of modern man to get over the wolf–which represents fate or death–to get over the sheep, which represent life or mediocrity. In short, modern man–like Lambert the Sheepish Lion–is an under-man, instead of an overman.
2. The Moment of Realization
Culture is toxic if it doesn’t lead to Lambert’s moment of realization at 6:53 in the video above. The point of philosophical reflection and learning about history and science is to become who we are; that is, “I am who I am” (Exodus 3:14) not “I think therefore I am.” Lies make people slaves, like Lambert who thinks he’s a sheep. When Lambert realizes who he is, he ceases to pretend. Unfortunately, Lambert learns his lesson the ‘hard way,’ through a crisis, rather than the ‘easy way,’ through study.
3. The Crime of Adoption
The story of Lambert shows how adoption isn’t a compassionate act, but a crime when it’s done improperly. Removing a child from its people, culture, history, parents and native country is a crime. Instead of correcting the stork’s error, the sheep insists on raising the cub as her own, and is therefore guilty for all the pain Lamber suffers and for denaturing him. Adoptive parents do the same to children they adopt without regard for the child’s background or development. Lambert should have been sent back to his parents in Africa, to be raised with other lions like him.
Canada, however, doesn’t recognize this principle. For instance, on July 9, 2020 the Minister of Immigration announced a new interpretation of “father” and “mother” in the Citizenship Act to include the legal, non-biological parents of children who are born outside of Canada, so their ‘child’ is born a Canadian citizen (read article).
4. The Sequel to Lambert
In the sequel to the story of Lambert, he may eat his adoptive mother for putting him through so much trouble; also, for depriving him of his true parents, people and country and trying to turn him into a sheep for her own benefit. Lambert may also eat the sheep who made fun of him. Or, he’ll rule over them and make sure he has a permanent supply of mutton. His descendants, however, may not be benevolent toward the sheep. The sheep will have brought this dynasty of lions upon themselves.
People who adopt children just because they feel like they should be their parent commit the same crime as the sheep in Lambert the Sheepish Lion. This should not be encouraged. Rather, it should be illegal.