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It is never personal, you're not the protagonist

It's so easy to become offended. It actually comes pretty natural. Someone says something.  You feel it's directed at you Strong reaction follows No need to react, it's got nothing to do with you as a person Imagine some remarks about academic work versus manual one, a bit dismissive about the latter. You don't have a degree and never wanted one. You know very well it takes years of experience and training to do what you're doing. Talent is involved too, as some people do have "two left hands".  You still feel you should add something to the conversation, but not sure if it is going to be well-received. No need to enlighten the other party right now Most people think in terms of opposites. If it's not this, it's that and it can't be anything else. Certainty of one's convictions is also a form of self-reassurance that everything is stable in one's world. Other points of view cannot be allowed because they are disruptive. Cognitive disrup

A dog's life

This is going to outrage dog lovers, but I think that humans’ tyrannical nature is revealed not just when it enslaves other humans, but also when it enslaves dogs.

We never say 'free as a dog", do we? Just 'free as a bird'.


Dogs and humans, not all what it seems.

We take a wolf at heart and spend lots of time and energy teaching it to obey and react to commands. 

(To be more historically accurate, the 'taking' happened a long time ago, and it succeeded, so very different from cats.)

We are prepared to downsize our vocabulary to a few words in order to achieve that. 

We literally put up with shit. 

All in the name of training, while the true purpose looks more like having a totally obedient living being under our control, one emitting apparent devotion. 

In humans it’s called the Stockholm syndrome. 

Even the basic freedoms of sniffing and running are restricted anywhere near human habitat. It takes a trip back to the wild to allow the dog to be itself. 

At least proper working dogs manage to retain some independence. Sniffing and running are allowed and are respected because they seem to have a purpose we understand.

Urban dogs? Just a dog's life. 

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