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Saturday, August 7, 2010

CATS

Often, I think about human concepts and conditioning; archetypical, Jungian plights of inquiry that box us into our behavioral shells, like Conventions, Orthodoxy, and Expectations. I often think about Cats, too.

Cats have achieved an ideallic position of power: they are considered to be creatures of independence. If you don't feed them, they will get their own food in the wilds. If you don't pet them, they will pet themselves against furniture or anything else. If you don't give them any attention they will either play by themselves, assume a position and vantage point of observation and just watch the movement of other entities--or they will simply go to sleep in some hidden place.


        


Cats are Cool, we think, because they don't appear to be needy in any way. They also don't appear to want to place significance onto any other entitiy because they are too busy relaxing and doing their own thing. Cats appear aloof, disinterested in the goings and comings of human activity, and are capable of their own survival and upkeep. Is it any wonder we still identify as perfection the independence and aloofness with the Cat with which we have branded a coveted image of wildness and independence?



    We think we want to be like the Cat: aloof, independent, single-minded, disinterested in others....But is the Cat truly like that? (Are WE truly like that?) NO.



Cats miss us when we're not around, and miss other cats when they're not around, too -- as well as we miss other people when they are too few and far between. Cats need interaction with other Cats, just like we need human interaction, social stimulation, and communications with others.




We are NOT independent, loner beings, prowling about like a snake or piece of tissue in the wind...(?) and we shouldn't have to think of the word "co-dependent" as dirty--after all, it only means we NEED others in our lives, and is that so bad?






Cats aren't all that reclusive either. They hide and pounce playfully,






or rub against your leg, jump on your head, and meow at you when they're hungry. They also like to cuddle up next to you when you're relaxing, or just wanting to hug something --like them, and they jump on your lap or your bed, whenever they long for affection--yes:








They, too LONG for affection--just like we do............................................................................














So the next time you think of the Cat god or goddess that lives independent of other entities, think again. Cats like us, they Will survive if we are not here, but they would rather interact with us, because they are as Co-dependent as the rest of us, given the right home and situtation. Those that harm cats are merely afraid to manage survival on their own, and like to hurt those entitites that "manage on their own," but Cats are survivors too, just like many of us...They'd still rather have company, though...just like us...
DON'T BE AFRAID TO ADMIT YOU NEED ANOTHER PERSON OR ANIMAL TO BE CLOSE TO YOU, WE ARE ALL AFFECTIONATE, LOVING BEINGS; WE JUST HAVE TO EXERCISE OUR "CO-DEPENDENCY" MORE, AND SWALLOW OUR PRIDE (The Cat needs to learn to swallow its pride sometimes, too)



Have a Happy Co-Dependent Saturday!

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