People v Dogs pt deux


Now, when I say that dogs do not have the capacity to reason, I do not mean to imply that they are not feeling beings. They very much are, they experience the exact same range of emotions humans do. The difference is, or should be, that humans utilize their capacity to reason, to rationally sort out anxiety from elation, depression from departure, humans can do this, humans can be rational, dogs cannot. Therefore, dogs are slaves to their instinctual emotions, that we provide for them.

This is how it works. Humans are similar to dogs in that, for all intents and purposes, we are all born as open canvases. Life, the life we are born into, leaves drops, and splatters of paint along the way, as others are holding the brush. At some point, we begin to learn to paint ourselves, eventually we hold the brush. But it is not without years of training, and dedication, that we have it in us to make a work of art, let alone a masterpiece. But we can. We can, because, we have it in us to strive beyond our limitations and the possibility to understand that any limitations we recognize are self perpetuated.  Dogs cannot do that. They have no thumbs, and cannot paint from their hearts, and from an understanding of the chaotic universe to express profound wonder, and they really only care about being the best dog they know how. Dogs cannot comprehend two plus two equals four, but they do get—Sit = Treat, but that is not reason, that is training.

It is in that way we are most like dogs.  They have an excuse for their submissive attitudes, they have been domesticated, de-wildered and damn, if they aren’t just loyal. But I wouldn’t trust them to drive my car, or pay my bills, because they just don’t understand that kind of stuff.  But humans, they do, or can. Do they? Or is it, that everyone is just trained? And some, poorly, I might add. But it is even worse, people are foregoing their capacity for reason, and just living like dogs. It is beyond not creating art, it is the beginning of the last days of the law and social de-evolution. It is in pretending to be trained, faking being real, apathetically pursuing change, but much worse.

Because we should know better. We do know better. Yet we still don’t do any better. You know, I am not a big fan of humanity, I say let it go to the dogs, dogs at least appreciate you. Whatever happens, happens, but when animals without the capacity for reason are looking wiser than those of us with it, then something is going way wrong.

My vote is for dogs all the way.

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About Janis Alanis

Thinker, BS detector, champion of Reason. Unafraid. Ticked off, and riled up. View all posts by Janis Alanis

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