MADPRIEST’S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When it comes to animals there is no such thing as cupboard love. Or, to put it another way, all love, whether non-human or human, is cupboard love. All creatures love for a reason. Even those humans who are fortunate (or self-dellusional enough) to love everybody do so for a reason.

But love is not the motivation for love. It is what comes from the motivation in the same way that happiness follows a fortunate event. It is a real thing in its own right. When animals love it is of the same type as human love and the animal will feel the same emotion as humans do. It may even be a purer, stronger love than we experience because it is not made provisional by complex thought.

When a cat or a dog looks at you with loving eyes they are not trying to trick you into feeding them or for some other reason of self-interest. They have already achieved that aim. Their look of love is because they love you. To deny this is arrogance at its most human. The arrogance of a species that believes it is has been separately created and superior in all things to the rest of creation. It is this arrogance that is destroying the world. If we could only love as authentically as our pets love us we could save our planet and ourselves. Unfortunately, unlike the love animals experience the love humans experience is rarely anything other than self love.

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MADPRIEST’S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY — 8 Comments

  1. Man, this is profound.

    Especially this bit:

    “The arrogance of a species that believes it is has been separately created and superior in all things to the rest of creation. It is this arrogance that is destroying the world.”

  2. You know, archeaologists have uncovered a bit of parchment revealing an edited out portion of Genesis in which Noah is bargaining with God…”Are you SURE I can’t just leave the wife and kids behind and only take the animals?”

    I for one tend to prefer the company of animals to people…of course, that might just be because they let me believe that I am in charge…

  3. There have been times when the only thing that has kept me going was that loving look on Bean’s face and now Gustav’s face.

    If anything happened to me, whether while it was during Bean’s life or now during Gustav’s life, those cats would notice that I was gone and not know why.

    Bean was a very nice cat and she loved Joe, so she would have adapted. Gustav has a very “paw’s length” relationship with Joe and wouldn’t fare so well.

    In fact, Gus is right here with his front paws on my knees, reaching up to me, wanting my attention, and he’s far more important than this damn computer, so I’m off.

  4. They’re trying to love you into feeding them! 😉

    I translate “Puppy Kisses” into “Looking for Foooood!” . . . and love them all the more for it.

    Love is a {tada!} paradox: it’s an exchange of “goods” (however subjective the good may be), and it’s its own reward. Humans and other animals both.

  5. I think both cat-love and dog-love are equally “humanlike” – just different kinds of humans. Both accept you as part of the family. Dogs and cats both show an amount of trust – dogs trust that you will bring food, they trust that you will care for them, because you are “Fearless Leader” – the Alpha. Cats trust you to bring food and care for them, because that’s the role you took in “the Pride.” In both cases, the love is community.