I wonder if there is a more powerful or disturbing word in any language than why. It’s a painful word. Why? (There’s that word) It makes us think. That is something many don’t like to do. I find thinking is particularly distressing for human’s to attempt.
Dogs’ “why” questions normally can be logically answered. Consider our questions and our answers.
Q. Why do dogs chase cars? A. We feel like bullies chasing squirrels.
Q. Why do dogs have to go outside for bathroom duties? A. Humans put the toilet paper in places we can’t reach when sitting on the john.
Q. Why do dogs fetch balls or sticks when a human throws them. A. Humans are too stupid to give treats to their dogs unless prompted.
Q. Why do dogs hate cats? A. We don’t, but we have to pretend we do so humans think we’re normal … don’t humans all hate some group? Republicans? Democrats? I could go on forever.
Q. Why do dogs chase their tails? A. We only do this when we are bored and need exercise. This can be the result of watching too much television. It is also caused by trying to emulate Congress.
Notice that canines have straight-forward, logical answers to our “why” questions. Dogs admire logic. I’m sure a canine poll would disclose that Mr. Spock would be among our favorite media characters.
I think its interesting to consider some of the common “why” questions that humans struggle with.
Q. Why did the chicken cross the road? A. Human’s actually debate this. My question is … Why is there any doubt? The damned chicken wants to get to the other side. So simple, yet humans wrestle with an answer. Who knew ………..
Q. Why do humans cheat on their spouses? A. They wear clothes. No one knows what they’re getting until its too late! (Note: We dogs have a clear vision of what the “possibilities” are!)
Q. Why do politicians lie? A. Humans struggle with this and try to come up with all manner of explanations that have to do with ideology, character, etc. Come on humans! Politicians lie for 5 reasons: 1) They believe voters are stupid. (in some cases this is correct) 2) The shape of their tongue (forked) makes telling the truth impossible 3) Most have no idea what the truth is 4) They want to get elected and don’t care about honesty. 5) They will get their own health care plan and retirement if they lie convincingly and get elected. (kind of like puppies being fed by government mommy dog)
Q. Why do humans buy fancier cars and bigger homes than they can afford? A. They need the space to contain and carry around their egos.
Q. Why do dogs develop conditioned responses while humans continue to repeat the same errors? A. Pavlov never had to try to teach a human.
Thinking is painful and difficult for homo sapiens. They do other things better. As an English poet once wrote, in part … “Ale man, ales the thing to drink … For all of you it hurts to think.”
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