|Sent on:||Monday, September 10, 2007 12:57 AM|
It could be an egocentric reaction, but it
could also be LOVE. On the morning of Mach 11, 2005, our 19-year-old cat Tux
died suddenly. His buddy
Subject: Re: [humanism-174] Presidential Politics
Argh. sorry again.
The younger cat knows there is something amiss and if the ailing, senior cat hides under the dresser, the younger cat sits right beside the dresser and occasionally ventures under to clean the elder ailing cats ears. Is this compassion? Don't know but I would bet it is more a sense of something not being how it has been before. The younger cat dotes on the ailing older cat. She never did this before the older cat was ailing.
Same with humans. We are egocentric. If another human is ailing we feel there is something different than it was before or we feel that this is not status quo, so we have some concern, even if it isn't a human we are close to. In the case of those we are close to, our concern is magnified but that is because, that person's ailing could possible effect our relationship with them and therefore our own well being. Again, egocentricity.
But, should my older cat who gets the attention of the younger cat because of being ill, happen to dip into the younger cat's pile of treats-well the deal is off. It matters not that the older cat is ailing at that point, NO ONE touches one's pile of treats or slice of the pie.
And humans are basically animals at heart and are egocentric.
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