Friday, December 7, 2012
The Panda Bear on Home Repairs and the Ecologicial Superiority of Cats
Above is a picture of the Panda Bear's cat Suzie. She was recruited a year ago on the Panda Bear's War on Mice and Clutter(WOMAC). WOMAC has been a success in that the Panda Bear has seen no mice since the Panda Bear adopted her cat from a shelter. . Furthermore, it just seems that Suzie's presence in the apartment scared the mice away; WOMAC appears to have had no mouse casualties. Would all wars have such a bloodless victory. The Panda Bear thinks the mice were smart enough to leave the apartment when the Panda Bear got the cat ( mice are much smarter then most people think in avoiding getting caught).
The Panda Bear has been stressed out about home repairs. She and Mr. Panda are having an electrician come over tomorrow which involved intense negotiations between the Panda Bear, Mr. Panda and the electrician(subject for future posts). The Panda Bear tells her cat Suzie how lucky she is that she does not have to do home repairs; the cat gets someone else to do it. At work, the Panda Bear told her coworkers she wants to be reincarnated as a cat in the next life.
Perhaps, the Panda Bear has been reading to many books about cats who think they are superior to humans. However, the Panda Bear thinks cats are ecologically superior than humans in terms of their impact on the environment. Even for some very basic animal functions, humans are much more resource demanding in comparison to cats.
Granted, the Panda Bear thinks that cats do like having the shelter, food and medical care that humans provide cats. However, if humans used enough just enough resources take care of cats there would be significantly fewer environmental problems.
For example, cats don't need to bath; cats can groom themselves. If you look closely at the picture, you can see that Suzie's hair is very neatly combed. She does this herself using cat spit, While it does look funny to see cats groom the private parts, it does not seem to harm the cat and the cats are clean. Suzie's behind is always very clean and she does not smell.
In contrast humans need to bath in order not to smell which gets more water dirty and requires creating an infrastructure to obtain water; humans needs to bath creates a demand for plumbers. Furthermore, humans need clothes which also need to be washed which causes more water to become dirty.
The cats' fur provide adequate warmth and decoration for them and they don't need to take some of the earth's resources to cover themselves. Just think of all the materials, time and effort even the most primitive people's clothes require. The Panda Bear thinks the cat's way of grooming and clothing is much dimplier, less stressful and more ecological than human personal care.
Cats have good night vision. Just think how much energy human consume because they have poor night vision. If humans could see at night they would not need artificial lighting. Humans pride themselves on all their inventions but the reason humans need all these inventions is because they are physically inferior to cats. Humans need tools to hunt, while cats are excellent hunters without tools.
Thus, for even their most basic needs such as grooming, hunting and seeing at night humans are physically inferior to cats and put more strain on the environment. Humans are forced to create social institutions to meet these needs because of their poor physical design. Humans put strain on the environment because of their poor ability to take care of their basic needs.
In terms of their amusements, cats are much more environmentally friendly than humans. The Panda Bear's cat Suzie for fun likes such low carbon footprint and ecological activities such as looking out the window, sitting on a perch, and swatting at sticks and at other things humans regard as trash. In contrast think how much of the earth's resources are used in human recreation. Most cats don't like to travel for fun; humans do which uses the earth's resources.
Thus cats are indeed superior to humans in terms of the impact to the environment in terms of their basic survival needs and in terms of their recreational wants. As Mark Twain said " If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.". Certainally this is true when it comes when when compares humans to cats in regards to their impact on the environment.