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Posted 14 January 2012 - 04:12 PM
i didn't say that i don't raise cats
You don't raise cats. They raise you. =P
Posted 15 January 2012 - 07:25 PM
I'm not sure what your point is. you're assuming all cats have a pampering owner who chooses to do all that for the cat and allows the cat to do all these things. there are plenty of cats that don't have these luxuries and live their lives similar to a raccoon. even if we assume all cats live this way, it's not the cat's mental prowess that establishes and maintains this lifestyle. it's entirely contingent on the human and just luck on the cat's part really
You want to talk about my real meaning, though? Take a house cat. You don't own a house cat. A house cat owns you. Seriously. You take care of it, feed it, clean its litter box. You pet it, play with it. If the cat wants to cuddle, she'll cuddle. If the cat wants to jump on the counters and refrigerator, she'll do that. She's taking advantage of you in the most literal sense of the phrase, but if asked point blank most people would say that a cat is a lower life form. Why? Because cats don't think and reason using complex rationale? Because cats don't slave away night and day working two jobs while getting a degree? Cats don't worry or stress on an hourly basis. They don't wake up late and freak out.
Cats are the highest life form because they've found a way to survive (and have a pretty high quality of life) while doing very little.
Posted 16 January 2012 - 06:00 PM
Sorry if that doesn't make sense to anyone, I was just kinds putting my thoughts down as they came.
Chocolate is proof that God wanted us to be happy.
So you want a fight with intent to kill? Then come fight me! It's here in my bow, that intent to kill you love so much! ~ Uryu Ishida
... ~ Nova-kun
Society needs to learn how to adapt, or humanity is screwed. ~ MiKi, aka MissKitten, aka myself
Posted 17 January 2012 - 12:46 PM
Molly Mae has suggested that if A can exploit B then A is "higher" than B. There are many people who consider gaining at others' expense to be a measure of success, especially if they have avoided work and made no contribution in the process. But parasitic people generally lack happiness in their lives, partly because they ignore their own moral drives, and mainly because any relationships they form with other people can only be dysfunctional. We are social animals, which is why people who seek success through exploitation tend to be failures personally as well as making no contribution.
Hidden G suggests that the "higher" path is through social responsibility and working together to improve the world. Making moral choices is something you could consider "higher brain power", on the basis that if enough people did so it would be a path to humankind achieving its potential, freed from the shackles of petty egotism, or maybe it's just an end in itself. As for mental training, you can take that in any number of directions, through puzzles, acquisition of knowledge, linguistics, mnemonics, creativity, physical skills, meditation, debate, social skills, observation, specialised skills, and any number of other disciplines. Or you could simply be yourself. Who's to say one thing is "higher" than another?
Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:47 AM
Mafiosos and mafiosas of the world, unite! And then kill each other in a particularly tricky move that everyone suspects but never anticipates.
stand back. I'm going to apply logic.
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