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Smudge on dogs. I mean God. I mean dogs. (weekend read).

I once read a short scifi story about a space traveler, a human way in the future, a master of the stars that somehow crash landed on a planet that turned out to be earth. And injured and with no food, people came to help him, rushed to his aid, took him back to their city where they had medicines and arts to nurse him and feed him and water him back to health. And when they had done so they then asked him what do we do now?

And the guy was like huh? What do you do now? Well what were you doing before now? and they said waiting. Waiting.

Waiting for what the space-dude asks? and they said you. And he said why me? And they said because you are human. And he asked well then what are you?

And they said Master, we thought you knew us. We are dogs. And all this time we waited for you to return.

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What is it about dogs and men? And men and God? Did it occur to you that to dogs we pretty much are God? We can make life one thing or another for them. We make the rules, they obey. If they do not they will likely suffer and die. Although we can do that to them as well. When we are happy they are too and when we are not they cower, tremble and maybe even try to run.

But when you are a dog on man's world you can run but you cannot hide. And if the unthinkable should happen, that master turn his face of vengeance upon you, you cannot run far enough and there is no place to hide but alone.

Alone is something no dog wants to be. A dog alone is a dog in trouble. They are pack animals. Packs have structure. Orgainzation. Left to themselves they will organize themselves but in man's world only we have the capability and foresight to call the shots. To do what's good for them in the long term. Or what we think if good for them. Or what we think is good for us.

Do you know what is good for you? Do you know what is good for a dog? In the scifi tale what is good for the dog is that you returned and in this story the dogs had the fidelity and the commitment to help us when we need it. They knew their master.

Whom do you serve? Do you have a master? And how would you know one if you saw one?

(P.S. don't miss Smudge Pot's last Weekend Read on the subject of dog licenses where we actually convict the almighty for his continued refusal to stop producing unlicensed dogs here.



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The relationship between man

The relationship between man and dog is one of life's great joys. Man benefits from the dog's superior senses of smell and hearing, and the dog benefits from man's superior intelligence, to which he willingly submits, in a way that man humanizes into affection.

"Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of ther universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made."
- Roger Caras

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein

You went in a different direction with the analogy than I

expected.

I thought you were going to go with something about how the dogs wait in inaction, not taking any action other than waiting, for their master to return and 'bark' orders at them as to what they should do, this instead of taking the actions they should know their master expects of them.

So too, do people today, rather than 'being the change they want to see' in the world they instead sit on their hands waiting for instruction from their lost Dauphin/leader/messiah.

Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

Since you ask so plainly I will tell you

but not now.

For now can I ask you, is that what you thought the question was or is this your new question?

There is a difference.

Answer this and I owe you two answers. With interest.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

I was thinking more of a comparison between leaders and

followers.

People wait for a leader to tell them what to do, not knowing the power they have within them to be their own leaders.

Youtube has taught me that dogs can open doors, answer phones, and prepare their own meals. At the same time the gods to the dogs, us humans, are giving our godhood away to our electronic creations. And like dogs, some of these machines can think for themselves and potentially outwit their masters and creators.

Eventual conclusion: dogs and machines will take over the world unless we stop them.

Pandacentricism will be our downfall.