•    Ellen Degeneres Critter Blog Comment   

    Scales of Balanced Justice

    This is a Comment we posted on the Ellen Degeneres blog that was helping Support “The Gentle Barn” efforts to promote the humane treatment of farm animals and provide a safe haven for abused farm animals. Ellen Degeneres continues to put “Animal Welfare” issues front and center in her life and career. We prominently placed her related critter website links in our “Critter Topic Websites” listing in the left-side Menu Panel.

    There is a Buddhist saying that comes to mind: “You can’t teach a hunter that it’s wrong to kill.” What they mean is, You have to come upon that understanding through your own life experiences of pain and suffering, of death and loss of a loved one. There is no cookie-cutter formulaic rubber-stamp ‘silver bullet’ argument (or pill) you can ‘pop’ that’s going to deliver you to the ‘Promised Land” eureka realization that killing is something not to do. In other words, “rationalism” will never tell you that. But Compassion will. The cattle rancher’s earlier post reminds us of this fact. The epistemology of ‘rationalism’ will never connect you to the epistemology of ‘Compassion,’ just as the ear will never connect you to a beautiful sunset. The cattle rancher is drowning in rationalism and suffering fatal starvation from lack of Compassion. If she continues to use only one of the two chopsticks life has given her, she will shrivel up to the size of pin head from malnourishment. — The Reflecting Pool Discourse Blog — http://gbruce.com/reflect/

    Thanks Ellen For All You Are Doing For Our Critter Friends

     

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  •    Post by Nemo: We Want to Have Fun Too   

    Nemo
    Nemo

     

    A Reflecting Pool Discourse Blog Post by Nemo
    Posting Interpretor & Moderator: CatDaddy

     

    Hello – my name is Nemo and my father is “CatDaddy” the moderator, so he will probably give me a free hand here, in venting my spleen and expressing how “*%@!~” mad I am about a couple of human traits that cause them to treat us like “*%@!~” second-class citizens.

    [CatDaddy Translator & Moderator Comments: In order to demonstrate my neutrality here, I used my own discretion and intervened to “bleep out” a few words that I felt constituted ‘unsavory’ language.
    I think most civilized people would agree that the terms “g-o-s-h  d-a-r-n” and “daggum” are filthy, vile, gutter-level expletives that have absolutely no place on a respectable family-oriented blog like this one — on the other hand, some have said perhaps I have gone too far in this instance, in trying to ‘prove’ my neutrality — Send us your thoughts].

    My name, Nemo, is the Latin word for ‘nobody’ or ‘no-one.’ Something that is non-existent. But I do exist and this is my picture at the top of the page. But my daddy didn’t mean anything negative by the name. It’s more like a kind of Zen reference to the tabula rosa (clean slate) “Self” that lies behind, beneath the ‘ego self’ that most people see. And that gets to my point.

    You humans rarely ever visit or acknowledge your ‘Nemo self’ whereas we cats don’t really know of any other place to be. As a result, most humans don’t pay much attention to us because they think we’re just nobodies. Sometimes children have the same problem with humans. That’s why we cats have so much fun with children.

    From time to time we run into a human that doesn’t care much about ego stuff and we have a lot of fun with them because they notice us and pay attention to us and care about us, and they play with us — and everyone knows how much cats like to play with just about anything. We have fun with them cause they aren’t always saying they have more important things to do.

    I hear a lot of humans say cats aren’t as smart and aren’t as much fun as dogs, just because we don’t shake hands and do tricks like dogs do. But we like to play ‘fetch’ and peek-a-boo. It’s just that we’re kind of like humans who don’t like to be manipulated and controlled all the time. We are kind of like what humans call “Free Spirits,” but it doesn’t mean we don’t care about humans.

    I’m lucky cause my daddy gives me a lot of attention and plays with me a lot. But a lot of my friends don’t have anyone to play with, or to take care of them and pet them.

    I just wanted to explain this stuff so humans would pay more attention to us and play with us more. We want to have a fun time just like everybody else.

    Your friend,
    Nemo

    [CatDaddy Translator & Moderator Comments: Although I specifically instructed Nemo to tell the people how well I treat her, I still, nevertheless, feel her comments were accurate and warranted.]

    [Reflecting Pool Blog Owner & Administrator Comments: If I see another CatDaddy “Moderator” intrusive, interfering hatchet-job like this one, I’m going to strip away his blog Admin Rights.] What a hatchet job that was.

     

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