Don’t Be a Tapeworm

In an interview with the New York Times Moby said, “Dogs have boundless enthusiasm but no sense of shame. I should have a dog as a life coach.”

I’m not a pet person. But today I read in a book:

“Did you ever stop to think that a dog is the only animal doesn’t have to work for a living? A hen has to lay eggs, a cow has to give milk, and a canary has to sing. But a dog makes his living by giving you nothing but love.” -Dale Carnegie

Those furry-fucks have it figured out really. What feels better than talking, doing, caring for yourself? Having someone else do it.

Is there a better feeling than having someone make you dinner? Or caring for you when you’re sick? Or being genuinely concerned so that they both celebrate and cry with you?

Up until today I questioned the intelligence of our four-legged friends. For them, everything is so exciting. But really, wouldn’t you rather life be more like that?

So how do us humans obtain attention–how do we go about getting others to care about us? We spend our time in life–every aspect of it–telling people about us. About how they should care. About how they should buy this or that: that they should recognize you: that they should listen.

A study done by a phone company years ago found that in 5,000 conversations–the most used word was, “I.”

Why don’t they listen?

They don’t care about you. You don’t care about them either, really.

We all care about us… and our dog.

We look forward to the wagging tail and the praise and petting to follow. It’s a conservative investment of attention because it pays back in spades.

Trouble is–it shouldn’t be any different for me and you and them. It’s rewarding to have a genuine interest in the well-being of someone else. To help them, celebrate with them, and cry with them; it’s the absolute next best thing to having someone do it with you.

Dogs are altruistic. Tapeworms (and a lot of humans) are parasitic.

Be a dog.

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