Relief for the lonely.
Reaffirmation of our
power and dominance.
Next to the automobile
our favorite, projected alter ego.
The need to share
fulfilled with minimal complications.
Sad but ‘safer’ when
you love creatures more than people.
By far the most
ubiquitous recipients of our ‘anthropomorphosisms’.
Attempts to ‘humanize’
creatures most successfully accomplished in cartoons.
Fulfills a primordial
need brought on by alienations amongst our species to stroke
something warm and furry.
A railing against the
arbitrary, often destructive forces of nature by coercing a few
of its attractive offerings into obsequiousness.
The results of ancient
breeding and herding for practical purposes that inevitably led
to closer relationships with those animals that afforded mutual
- Perhaps in
relating to our pet we create our own unique identity.
- Perhaps we can
understand ourselves better by observing animals.
- Perhaps we have
cried out in the wilderness for millennia to coax
like-minded creatures to join us.
- Perhaps a
misanthrope who detests animals has a lot in common with a
- Perhaps animal
lovers should unite for they are more likely to disdain
societal barriers and biases.
- Perhaps a pet
reminds us of innocence and spontaneity; perhaps their
'play' helps us preserve our youthfulness.
- Perhaps the
greatest role a pet can play is fawning, thus helping
certain people gain self-esteem.
- Perhaps some of
us promote a certain self-image by our ownership and
knowledge of a breed; perhaps this vanity is bearable when
tempered with love.
- Perhaps our
propensity to deify animals has led us to respect and value
those possessing practical skills that can be used for our
- Perhaps we imbue
creatures with anthropomorphic traits to better understand
and cherish them or perhaps we are just controlling our
fears and frustrations in the face of nature’s many threats
and vast enigmas.
thoughts of a favored pet evoke smiles??
ESSAY ON PETS
by EDWIN O’SHEA
©2007-2008 Edwin O'Shea
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