Domesticated dog left outside shivering in the penetrating cold winter in America
In America, there are an estimated 6–8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. These are not the offspring of homeless “street” animals—they are the puppies and kittens of cherished family pets and even purebreds. Many people are surprised to learn that nationwide more than 3 million of these kinds of cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters.
About half of these 6–8 million homeless animals are adopted and most of them kept spayed or neutered to avoid overpopulation and other inconveniences. Tragically, the other half is euthanized. These are ‘healthy’, ‘sweet’ pets (compared to the original natural animals of their respective species, they are highly degenerated and immature lots) that would have made great companions to modern man.
By and by, we can see a clear comparison between these highly degenerated American pets and the latest generation of postmodern humans. Today, almost 75% of the present 7 billion modern humans are immature or are lingering in their pre-adulthood stage even in their 30s and 40s – much like the highly degenerate (obese) American pets. Modern immature humans, like their pets, are rendered shivering and homeless suddenly when some sorts of societal meltdown starts and the technosphere – a la the animal shelters that modern man builds for his pets — becomes obsolete. The American Psychological Association observed that when suddenly the world economy headed by the US went into a tailspin burst in the third week of September 2008, more than 80 percent of Americans started running helter-shelter for cover and reportedly said the economy is causing them significant stress. About these pitiable people, Photodisc Green writes in askmen.com:
“Today a specter is haunting men of the 21st century; the specter of feminization and metrosexuality. It is a shadow that is creeping over an entire generation of men with soft hands, fine cuticles, smooth faces, and trimmed necklines. Hardly a speck of manliness can be found in these men’s condos and townhouses. These are accommodations that have not been built, wired or plumbed by the men living inside them. What good are men today if they can only shop for coffee beans and scruffing lotions, and cannot fix the toilet lever or install a wood fireplace?…. No, these are not men but whimpering sacks — the same kind that will ask for directions when lost while driving. These boys have progressed very little from the early days of their lives when they wailed for their mothers to change their soggy diapers.”
In reality, no other time in human history has life turned increasingly as unstable, unpredictable, self-destructive and, therefore, as crises-ridden and insecure as we experience life today. The chronic inability of the present world to make important and vital decisions on human life renders it the most irresponsible and pathetic in history. One may suddenly come out with many immediate and superficial rationales behind this suicidal fall. Well, what is discussed here, as the fundamental aspect of this motorized civilization, is the basic cause of this standoff, namely IMMATURITY along with its off-shoot PSYCHOPATHY.
It is this same immaturity that has made modern man a totally insider species and rendered and his pets degenerated to the core.
What is a home for humans? Basically, it is only a temporary means mainly for taking rest at night and as a means of protection from strange, unfavorable surroundings and changing climate conditions. Pre-modern man, like millions of the rest species, since millions of years, has been an out-door or open air species who erected his dwelling quite temporarily to last for a few weeks/months or to last just for a season, as is the case of a bird building a nest for laying eggs and leaving the nest for good when the chicks start flying.
Everything, including every creature, in Nature is spiritual. Here, it is not because we don’t teach the dog catechism that it doesn’t bite the hands that feed it, but because it is naturally spiritual and that its spirituality has not been contaminated by mechanically indoctrinating it spirituality.
Among the millions of species in Nature it is only modern humans that do not trust one another, while this trust is a great social asset/wealth that portrays and sustains the true nature of the respective species. A dog trusts another dog as it knows how dogs generally behave. Likewise the tribal, the pre-modern human or other species like cat, fish, insect and the like trust one another of the same species as they are the general behaviour of each respective species. But this millions of years long general trend is no longer the behavioural trend among the highly mechanized and degenerated modern humans. Living in a highly mechanized, commercialized, degenerated, parasitic state, only humans have come to lose trust among one another—to the extent that today even parents do not trust their children, and children mistrust their parents. Growing mistrust among couples and among the same cast, creed and class are endemic.
However, only since largely the last 100 years, modern man suddenly started to become largely an in-door/enclosed species. He suddenly began to build great mansion-like modern dwelling units – dream homes – as permanent concrete structures to last several generations that remain non-cyclic and non-biodegradable for generations as CONCRETE JUNGLES and polluting the fragile planet. Today this ‘chemical domicile’ has began to become modern man’s status symbol, his address and the like, and which only shows not only the growing weakness and immaturity of these latest human species but also remain as the catastrophic burdens that these new ‘toys’ (hi-tech devices and synthetic structures) have created on the limited living environment of all life forms, including, humans.
Modern society is an artistic, mechanical edifice exclusively built, brick by brick, by the latest generation synthetic products. There sits the modern man as the latest generation counterfeits of the true human in the past. Here the hitch is the fundamentally false self-appraisal of modern man all by himself: the claim that he is at a far higher level of evolution and progress, in almost all sectors, than the pre-modern man. We cannot find fault with him for this fantasy because any offshoot or product can appraise itself only in such a manner, the reality about which someone watching the process from outside this civilization only can understand or can truly tell the facts. For example, if the ruling class in modern society is insane, the situation today warrants that the sane must go to the hospital for treatment. This was like considering obesity not a disease but real wellness in the past which largely characterized the body shape of leaders and the elite class in the not so distant past.
Now, coming to the reality, the sick man is the typical hi-tech modern man. Globally prevailing disease conditions, especially among post-modern humans, are mistakenly considered as health conditions. The case is no different for animals. Recently released global researches, in Germany and Canada, show that over 50% of dog owners are unaware that their dog may be at risk of heart failure or other degeneration diseases, like obesity which is a condition in 99% of the pet animals.
Richard Wrangham, a primatologist, points out that as animals become domesticated there is a reduction in their brain size. In one study where animals were selected for lack of aggressiveness, brain size reduced. Wrangham argues that this has been happening in human societies where high levels of aggressiveness are punished by death or social exclusion.
We all know that the domesticated animals and pets – most of them obese, hybrid and highly degenerated today – simply cannot survive in Nature without close human care and nurturing. But today, the case of modern humans is no different from the conditions of their hybrid pets. With more than 80 percent of modern humans being obese or suffering from some kinds of degenerative diseases and having become almost hybrid — with most of their organs only with the help of machines. Today these hybrid people are the ‘products’ of machines and the mechanized systems, the crucial question is as to who will ultimately take functioning care these hybrid humans, even though they may take care of their obese hybrid pets.
Humans on average as a race, die at or below half their potential life span because of chronic illness that is largely diet and lifestyle related. Domesticated pets also are fed processed, packaged food that likewise is denatured by heat. As a consequence, they suffer human-like chronic ailments including cancer, arthritis and other degenerative diseases.
Domesticated ducks, seen in many places these days, have been bred to have wings so small as to prevent them from flying. This is convenient for their keepers, but compared to wild ducks these are pitiful creatures.
The benefits of having dog and cat neutered are well documented. Dogs can be of great use to man if they can be kept single and trained. Keeping the dogs as couples is not that effective or useful to man. A professional farmer gets his oxen sterilized so that the animals may not get easily tired in plowing and cart-pulling. Formerly, nurses and airhostesses were not allowed to get married so that they would not have the tension of a family and children. In the process, they would give their best to the profession. In the state realm, we see celibacy imposed upon the professional soldier, for whom a normal family life is impossible, and for whom sodomy becomes all too convenient. And so on. In the world of machines, professionals (the unmarried types) are the ‘robots’ that are trained to live ‘efficient’ lives.
Each creature strives to live and to bring more of their kind into the world not because they fear death, but because life is wonderful. When you see tiny birds scrounging at your bird-feeder or shivering in a tree in winter, don’t feel sorry for them. They are not helpless and struggling and cowed. They shiver because instinctively they know it keeps their body temperature up. They have amazing (at least to us, who lack them) instinctive survival talents – they need a lot of food in winter to keep warm, and they find it easily, enjoyably, and if they can’t, they simply hibernate. Although lots of birds are eaten by predators, few freeze or starve to death – famine is a modern human invention, due to our huge numbers and loss of natural adaptability. If you see a dead bird, it almost certainly might have succumbed to one of three human-caused injuries: Collision with a window, or an automobile, or a domestic cat that no longer needed or wanted to eat what it killed.
The people in our amnesiac tribe, and all the creatures in the wild, know what David Abram calls the Spell of the Sensuous. Many animals have senses that are much more acute than ours, and we have lost much of our openness, largely because we live most of our lives in cities and indoors. We no longer have either rich sensory environments to experience, or practice exercising our senses, opportunities to open ourselves up to the richness of sounds, sights, smells, tastes and feelings in Nature, so that even in those rare times when we are in natural environments we are unaware, insensitive, closed, disinterested in their magic, their meaning, their knowledge.
Our ignorance of Nature, combined with our collective arrogance (because of our unquestioned ‘evolutionary’ success), leads us to believe that we are the only emotional and intelligent creatures on the planet. But just as economists and historians are tearing apart our myths about prehistoric man, scientists are systematically deconstructing the anthropocentric myths of our emotional and intellectual uniqueness and superiority. Although our incompetence at deciphering animal language and communication has so far made it conveniently impossible to prove conclusively, there is very compelling evidence that many animals exhibit extraordinary intelligence.
In fact given some new evidence that emotion is principally a response to sensory stimulus, and knowledge that some animals have greater sensitivity to many sensory stimuli than humans, it’s quite possible that many animals lead much richer emotional lives than we do, that they are more ‘sensitive’ in every sense of the word than we are, that they ‘feel’ more, and more deeply, than we could ever hope to. Why then don’t they articulate this, so that we understand? Perhaps they do – maybe we are just so numb to all language other than our limited and clumsy human ones that we don’t ‘hear’ them. Or perhaps it’s just that they don’t have to – maybe we developed ‘sophisticated’ abstract language not because we were uniquely able to, but because it was necessary to convey precise instructions about man-made processes (like computers) in our strange new unnatural hierarchical culture, whereas other animals always survived just fine without such artificial constructs. How sophisticated a language do you need to say ‘danger’, ‘food’, ‘yes’, ‘no’, and ‘I love you’, and ultimately what else is really important to say?