Hitchens liberal wisdom

The CATastropy of a DOG’s (or God’s) world

“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.”

Christopher Hitchens

There is not much left to say here, is there?

We just happen to have the perfect experiment going on in our household. Our dog, Lilly, a 5 pound little critter of a Yorkie and our cat, Eva, aptly named after the loveable robot Wall-E’s little companion, have what we call now a somewhat symbiotic relationship. After a year and a half there is still a lot posturing, mostly by the dog, but for the most part we are finally living in a peaceful democracy. When it goes pear-shaped it’s always the dog’s fault. Typical.

That’s not what it all about though is it?

Funny thing is that you never really think about relationships (business or personal) in the context of how your pets might perceive you so the context of Hitchens quote is interesting when considered in that way.

Who is the god here anyway?

Is it you? Personally, I think we just have to remember that no matter what we do we have to respect those that are connected to us because, yes, on one side of the coin you may well be considered a god and you may think that the same applies in other aspects of your life or work, however, it may not. Regardless, control is a challenging aspect of our lives and losing yourself in it can be dangerous. Losing sight of your objectives and treating every situation with the same regard without clearly understanding where you may land can only lead to disastrous results.

Drama, drama, yeah, but think about it.

The cat is out there and you can only recognize it if you keep your head up. Remember to look past yourself and your godly status and feel the people around you. I know that Mr. Hitchens may have been speaking in terms of religion but that’s what’s great about language, isn’t it. When well written it can be interpreted in many different ways.

Take a second look at that cat. They are cool, unflappable and almost aloof. By nature they will show you the way to remain humble, level headed and down to earth after all, they OWN you. Don’t they?

Besides, who else can get away with that?


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interior design guy who loves other stuff; social media, photography, film, food and anything that is good for the growth of the self


2 thoughts on “The CATastropy of a DOG’s (or God’s) world

  1. What a great quote! I love that you’re offering this approach to Hitchens’ words, you made me see beyond the religious implications of the analogy. And now I think I should read The Portable Atheist again, from where I’m standing now it will be a whole different experience.

    Posted by Gisele Navarro Mendez | January 30, 2012, 16:32

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