December 4, 2009

Look, I know there is nothing perfect about us or the world we live in. That’s why, I think, God created Heaven, and why (if you’re inclined to believe) God Himself took human form to live and die as one of us in order to free us from the bondage of ourselves and our sins and the sin of the world around us.

Think about it: what is our purpose in life? Is it to simply create another generation of human beings that will, in their own imperfect way, screw the world up even more than we have up to this point? Or consume everything there is to consume for our own pleasure? Or is it to simply get along and get by without causing too much chaos and harm to the world before our time comes to cash in our chips?

Consider me amongst the latter.

I only ask these kinds of questions because while shopping at the local Petsmart for rabbit litter and Nibble Rings I noticed they now have rows upon rows of dog clothing. Dog clothing! I mean, how freakin’ pathetic is that? There I was, standing in line to check out, and this woman in front of me is excitedly telling her friend about the booties she’s bought her dog for Christmas and how she’s gonna have a stocking just for her little doggie-kins chock full of all his favorite things.

Dog clothing. Designer dog clothing.

This whole thing frightens and sickens me. Think about it: there are millions upon millions of people starving, homeless, and in need around the world, and what are we doing? Clothing our goddamned pets as if they were children? I mean, how pathetic is that? Not only is it sick, but it is the epitome of grotesque consumerism when people think of their animals as extensions of their own families to the extent they’d clothe them as if they were a child.

Here’s a novel idea: rather than clothe your damned dog, how about donating to the local Goodwill, or Unicef, or make a donation to Project Harambee or whatever charity you think would do the most good?

Before you accuse me of hypocrisy, let me just state for the record: I love our rabbits, and we have tried to create for them a nice little world where they can be loved and give love back. But they’re still animals and our pets – nothing more. They deserve to be fed and cared for, but they don’t deserve to be clothed or babied as if they were goddamned human beings.

There’s something about this whole country and this world that is warped and sick in mind, body, and soul. How can any of us look ourselves in the mirror? We treat our pets like people, better than we treat our neighbors and fellow human beings. People treated like animals. Animals treated like people. I just don’t get it, it brings me to tears, and I can’t help but wonder how we’ll all be judged when our time comes.

And you can be sure our time will come – God might indeed love us as His own, but I doubt he suffers the kind of fools and reckless, careless consumers of everything and anything we have become. Our day of reckoning is near. Perhaps much nearer than we all think. Like Bob Dylan once sang, you don’t need to a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

We are cultivating the very seeds of our own destruction as human beings, and worse, putting our very souls in danger. I’m no long-haired guy standing on a street corner calling everyone to repent, but for God’s sake, think about clothing people in need instead of your freakin’ pets. Your soul might thank you for it.

Filed in: Uncategorized by The Great White Shank at 22:23 | Comments (2)
  1. Geez, Great White give us dog owners a break. Isn’t there room for clothing your pup during a walk in the snow and cold AND support your local charities? A little harsh there I think. All God’s creatures, right?

    Comment by Tony K — December 5, 2009 @ 10:31 am

  2. Have to second Tony K’s comments. To be such a grouch at the holiday season? What DO you like?

    Comment by Chuck — December 5, 2009 @ 5:33 pm

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