Thursday, January 7, 2010

Animals

For three years of my life I volunteered for an animal rescue organization that primarily rescued dogs and cats from the horrors they face when abandoned in the metropolis of Southern California.  The people who would bring the animals to us were usually detached, and unresponsive to our questions as to why they were abandoning their companions.  Others were heart broken that circumstances in their lives had lead them to this day.  The people I knew in the organization all seemed to agree that it wasn't our place to judge the people dropping off the animals, and instead we should focus our energies into finding new homes for the animals during the adoption events.  However, I couldn't help but notice during the adoption events that a large portion of the people attending wouldn't adopt an animal that was timid or shy, and instead would gravitate to the happy-go-lucky animals that just arrived.

When an animal stays in a pen or cage too long they start to go insane.  Volunteers take them out and play with them when they can, but as the weeks and months go by, there is little that anyone can do.  The animals need to be socialized.  This is a fundamental aspect of most mammalian psychology, including humans.

When a human is homeless, jobless, or has lost the social structure that it was accustomed to such as a wife and family, it is only a matter or time before the negative psychological effects start to set in.  Much like the dogs and cats that waste away in cages in some dark complex, human beings disintegrate at exactly the same rate when they are shunned and abandoned by the society that they find themselves in.  This is why we must cultivate compassion in our selves, and try to understand how we have lost our way in this technocratic materialistic society.

Instead of arguing against funding for education, public health insurance, or arguing for funding militaristic adventures in other parts of the world, doesn't it make more sense to you to dedicate ourselves, and our nation's resources, to people's welfare?  I know the executive billionaires who direct the insurance companies, military subcontracting firms, private schools, and fund the election campaigns of our policy makers, would casually dismiss me as an idealist.  Pushing through the forest of bones in their walk in closets to get through to them is a futile exercise.  Instead I make an appeal to everyone else who hears what I say.  Support public policy that funds welfare, education, and healthcare.  Do not abandon these people who need you.