Category Archives: Animals

What a long times it’s been, and that’s the way things are.

In my “younger days” I have been used to things happening fast. Didn’t realize that out of ten things I did, only less than half succeeded. Half is good. Actually, perhaps one in ten was a “good” success factor. Speak to those who are seen to have succeeded and who are honest with you. One in ten is pretty good. I’m not talking about financial investment proportions, where you lose $10 to gain $1. That will beg bad if even the successful one was a one off event. Even in business type events, there is a situation where you eventually get prolonged returns that will give you more than ten times your initial investment.

What I’m trying to do here is to tell those of you who are tired, and who are frustrated by failures, or by non-results to not lose heart.

At the same time, to find some time and space to observe and analyze. And here’s another strange thing in life. When you’re really busy and running fast, full of hope and enthusiasm, you have no time to sit and think. So, when you do have the time, meaning you are not in the midst of a rush, do find time to sit and think. Even if the think is nothing to do with what you’re trying to do today, this week or this month. Think. Find time for yourself to spend with yourself.

What about time thinking around the business, beside the unplanned mental times?

Think through some business ideas whether or not you get any positive endings in the thoughts. If you only want thoughts that have instant conclusions, then you are not really stretching your mind isn’t it?

Practice.

I can’t put this in more attractive ways. But that’s just the nature of truth. It’s you get it or you don’t. Nothing romantically attractive about it. But just a few words that inspire you, ha!

Thinking cat

Even a cat thinks.

 

 

Do animals have emotions?

Just revisited a book I bought sometime ago. “The Pig Who Sang to The Moon” by Jeffrey Mason. Subtitled “the emotional World of Farm Animals”.

I know, you’re wondering why I’m mentioning this book out of the blue. The title struck me as interesting when I came across it in a London bookstore. I certainly would not find this book in a religiously sensitive country where the animal or even the mere mention of it is considered offensive. (Won’t go into that at the moment except to say that not all followers of the religions that avoid pork are so ### but many governments pander to the whims of the insane minority).

The book really is not about pigs per say, but use the animal as one example among others, of the view that animals have the same ability to feel, and think, as humans. I am not against eating meat, and I do eat meat, although in much smaller quantities than I used to, as I grow older. Not because of the book or any belief system.

The book uses studies and examples of how certain animals in the studies, were found to be able to have fun, think feel, and therefore possibly anticipate the future. The horror of living a life in anticipation of being slaughtered in the prime of your life.

Death is not the only concern expressed for animals in the book. It is about the immense suffering we put animals, pigs, cows, goat, chicken, etc, when we breed and raise them in the sort of commercial farming systems so widespread today.

DOG

One interesting question raised in comparing dogs and cats (which we abhor the thought of harming, much less of eating), with farm animals is that the farm animals do not show an interest in us like cats and dogs do. “Can we only be interested in an animal who fawns on us? Is our vanity so terribly fragile that we require adoration before we accord even the faintest interest? It is not true that farmed animals are indifferent; they are frightened. It is true that all farmed animals are standoffish with us, because there is always a deep basic justified mistrust”.

Towards the end of the book the author asks the question of whether we mistreat animals we breed for food, because They are different from us. It seems a stretch of logic to go from here to inter human relationships.

But my own question is whether there is a connection with all forms of negative discrimination among groups of humans. I remember that at one time the term “positive discrimination ” was bandied around as the justification for some forms of racial discrimination. I am glad I don’t see this term in common use anymore, as it is one of the most ludicrous terms invented, to justify bad policies. Presumably it didn’t achieve the purpose of avoiding embarrassment in mixed company or the world is grown so immune to shame that you can call a black sheep white and to hell with anyone who disagrees.

How big or small, is the step, from ritual slaughter of animals, to that of human? What does it do to our own minds and psyche!