Journalists Without Pets Are Dangerous

Wait, what?

Marti Purull

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3d render of a dog and cat conversing over a cup of coffee in a bohemian cafe — by DALL·E

It Doesn’t Take A Genius

An alleged journalist recently published an article in which they wondered whether animals have emotions. For a moment, it sparked the thought that, unlike us, animals would have every reason to ask the same question about humans. Indeed, the curious writer must have had little experience with either animals or emotions, perhaps both, to entertain such ideas. It doesn’t take an animal lover to know that feelings aren’t a human feat. We won’t catch our pets conversing and pondering on the stupidity of their owners, and we may harbour doubts over their rational capabilities. However, we only need to spend a brief time with a cat or a dog to attest to their emotions.

An Exceedingly Human Trait

After the initial shock at the journalist’s boldness, I ruminated further and realised this line of thinking is proof of an exceedingly human trait. When we don’t understand something, we declare it alien. When we cannot relate, we negate. If something is beyond our comprehension, we and they must be irreconcilably different, divergent, and distant. From there, it is a small step toward deeming the alien a threat. We focus on the differences and build a picture of a danger we can safely and unscrupulously erase.

A Dangerous Springboard

What may seem innocuous ignorance can rapidly develop into a sociopathic tendency. When sociopathy takes hold of an individual, the consequences might only affect a handful of individuals. However, when it engulfs the collective, the result can be catastrophic. It is common to associate foreignness with danger: we all fear the unknown. It is habitual to avoid what we don’t comprehend. While it is tragic not to explore beyond what we know, for we inevitably know very little, the problems of remaining in what some will see as blissful ignorance are minor. The problem is seeing our ignorance as a springboard.

Indeed, the issue occurs when our lack of understanding urges us to attack what escapes our grasp. Incomprehension should only trigger one action: a desire to comprehend. Acting in consequence of something unintelligible to us is destructive.

It is likely we will eventually feel the urge. Therefore, we must recognise it and fight it before hurting anybody else.

Written while listening to: ‘Stories’ by Masayoshi Fujita.

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Marti Purull

I’m a musician, but I think every day. So I write every day. Thoughts. Reflections. Life.