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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Why I haven’t been posting lately.

Posted on 2008.06.11 at 18:25


mechtild at 2008-06-13 12:54 (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry your husband had that traumatic experience, Eandme, partly because it means you can't have a cat, but also because he will never have the opportunity to learn what a delight a cat can be as a pet and animal friend. I can easily see how a cat could seem frightening, even if it hadn't actively scared him. There is an inscrutable something in their eyes, something that is in human eyes if you stop and think how much the "tameness" of other people is there only because we assume it's there from custom. Sometimes when I look at one of the cats - or some other friend's dog - it occurs to me what an amazing thing it is that they have come to live with us, trusting us, giants that we are, willing to love and serve us. I imagine the first people who domesticated cats thought of them as beneficial spirits, beautiful soft-footed big-eyed creatures that caught and destroyed the creatures that plundered their food stores, offering food to the cats when the mice and rats were gone to persuade them to stick around. Maybe it was the same way with dogs. In biblical stories dogs are portrayed very unfavourably, no different from jackals or four-legged crows, living off the bodies of the dead. It must have been later that people there learned what friends and allies dogs could be, feeding them, urging them to stay.

I think that people learn to alienate themselves from animals as they grow up, perhaps so they won't have to feel as bad for eating them. But in so many cultures children and characters in tales are shown living in a world in which animals are the friends and companions of humans--animals that even can talk--there has to be some deep sense of the communion and connection that exists, or should exist between us.
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