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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Day 241: My Dog Doesn't Match My Sofa

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2247346/My-dog-doesnt-match-sofa-Animal-charities-reveal-shocking-excuses-owners-given-getting-rid-pets.html

DOG-GONE RIDICULOUS! EXCUSES USED FOR GETTING RID OF PETS

  • The dog doesn't match the sofa
  • It's not as cute as it used to be
  • It's become too big for the house
  • It barks too much
  • It scares the goldfish
  • It snores too loudly
  • It can't do any tricks
  • It keeps passing wind
  • It smells 'of dog'

Doesn't this illustrate so well the absolute disregard for life our society has come to endorse? Animals, and even other humans, are treated like disposable forms and objects of entertainment and usefulness, to be used and then discarded once they have served their purpose. We see it in many aspects of our lives: Parents teach it to their children by giving their children small pets without showing them how to care for the pet responsibly, so then the pet ends up dying and the parent will just replace it with a new one. CEO's of big companies will replace employees when and as required. In news, media, TV shows and movies, the value of any life is diminished to a moment of entertainment for the viewer. In wars and conflicts, leaders will talk of casualties and losses by the thousands, yet no one considers the individual lives of these casualties, that they have a family and a life just like any other - including the leaders. We reduce the value of life to numbers: numbers of beings in existence, number of lives lost, number of injuries, number of those affected - without considering the whole picture of each of these numbers.

Is this how our society will "evolve": by becoming more disassociated and desensitized from other lives? Will we lose what little humanity we have left and live without empathy or compassion? Will we only teach our children to live to be entertained? Will we teach our children that all life is replaceable and will simply be "respawned"?

Accepting and choosing to take responsibility for another life should be a gift and an honour, instead it has become a profitable industry.

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