As I am sitting here in my kennel watching the rain, I am wondering if I’ll ever get to go camping again. At least it gives me a chance to ponder the recent actions of humans that I’ve witnessed…
Have you ever noticed that us dogs don’t really apply the principle of reciprocity to our lives the way humans do? If one human kicks another, then the other one usually gets upset and kicks back. If one dog bites another, then sure you can have an all out dog fight– but usually one of us will back down at the growling stage, long before biting ensues.
So, why the difference? It’s because us dogs have a sense of pack mentality. We know we’re all in this thing called life together, and we know that sometimes it is better to let the bulldog think he has won. Us dogs are not all about being on top. Rather, we are about being part of a pack.
I wonder if humans, thousands of years ago, ever felt this way as a species? Was there ever a point where the pack– the community– was number one? Or, has it always been an each-human-for-himself type of struggle? If us dogs can survive on pack mentality, then why can’t humans?
Or, is it that humans have a pack mentality, but that human packs are very small and that human packs are always fighting with each other? I get so confused! I’m open to any suggestions for how to understand this… please let me know.