What Pets Teach Us About Life – Why Humans Like Having Pets


When stepping back and thinking about it,
it is kind of odd that as the human species, we take possession of other types of species
and call them our pets. And it is even odder that it is accepted as
normal across essentially all of humanity. We take animals that cannot communicate with
us on any real coherent level, bring them into our homes, call them our pets, and live
with them. We feed them, shelter them, and take care
of them. And generally, all we ask in return is that
we just get to be around them. But why is this? What is so appealing about sharing our life
with another species like a dog, cat, bird, fish, hamster, etc.? Outside of more practical reasons like assisting
in hunting, gathering, general tasks, etc., one reason for assimilating pets is the human
desire to have responsibility and control. The need to feel important. And the need to feel like something is dependent
on us. This feeling is empowering, and as humans,
our central insecurities are partly satiated by the sense of superiority we experience
when owning and domesticating another living being. On the surface, this might sound somewhat
feeble and selfish of us humans, but the truth is, although this may be a motive, there is
a much deeper and more sincere reason why we like owning and being around our pets. A reason that makes the relationship between
human and animal companion a truly mutual, interdependent, and beautiful one that reveals
a wonderful side of our nature. We do not simply own our pets. We love them. We become best friends with them and form
bonds that are truly reciprocal and unconditional. We give them access to consistent safety,
health, comfort, and other logistical things that they might struggle to sustain. And in return, they help remind us of a side
of ourselves that we want so deeply to live in, but often struggle with. The appreciation for simplicity. The ability to feel free. The obsession with fun. The lack of sensitivity to embarrassment. The disinterest in holding grudges. And the unrestrained affection that our pets
possess are all of the things that we long for and wish we could feel constantly in ourselves,
but often struggle to do so. And our pets embody and remind us of the importance
and possibility of these things. I would argue that the elements of our nature
that our pets lack, like complex language, logical understanding, heightened self awareness,
etc. are all equally beautiful and essential to what makes the human experience so uniquely
wonderful. But I would also argue that it can be very
easy to become lost in this part of ourselves. The part that needs to understand and control
everything. And our animal companions help show us that
we don’t always need to. That life can sometimes be best enjoyed by
simply enjoying it for what it is. Feeling it. Playing in it. Rolling in its grass. And so perhaps at the end of the day, even
though we may like to think that our pets depend on us, it may be more so the other
way around.

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7 Responses

  1. Kyle Chambers says:

    I enjoyed this. Totally agree.

  2. Daisy Duckface says:

    Pet keeping is bad human behavior. Let animals live their life in their own race in their own space !

  3. GANTZ 0 says:

    A disinterest in holding grudges. This is gold.

  4. Leto85 says:

    The lack of sensitivity to embarrassment.
    I like that one.

  5. Cristian Moya Romero says:

    No entiendo por que se pega esta wea, el video no me carga pero otros si, y no es problema de la conexión

  6. Fionn Scullion says:

    Wow this help a lot with my speech

  7. My Own Downfall says:

    I don’t want anything depending on me, I am not reliable and I know that. I know I can’t give anything what it needs weather it be an living creature or a vehicle or whatever else.

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