Moral Reasoning, Political Ideologies

What can we do if we are invaded and occupied?

Help, help, I'm being oppressed!

Help, help, I’m being oppressed!

Those of us who have had cats and dogs in the same household know that they have very different worldviews. Cats are elitists, perhaps even species-centric supremacists and they include their “owners” among the inferior species.

This short video shows several possible outcomes of invasion and occupation by elitists, i.e. what happens when a cat take over a dog’s bed. Notice that the dogs tend to look to a higher authority (their owner) to correct the injustice. The cats, of course, acknowledge no higher authority than themselves.

When the higher authority fails to correct the injustice, the dogs try resistance (barking) and various creative protests (dragging the bed around), most of which fail. The cats are pretty much unphased by all this, just as occupiers are unphased by those they dominate. The cats even act in “self-defense” against the dogs, like Israel against the Palestinians, and feel totally justified in defending the dog bed.

A few dogs revolt and retake their bed. In the end, some make some sort of peace settlement, but the cat is still in the dog’s bed. If this seems unjust to you, you have to ask: What could have restored justice? No appeals to the cat’s conscience will avail.

If I were the higher authority, I would have dumped the cat out of the dog’s bed. It wouldn’t matter that the cat would still be convinced he was right; if he wants the benefit of living with others, he is going to have to be fair.

 

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About Je' Czaja

Je' is a writer, artist, and stand up philosopher. She founded and directed two non-profit organizations for disadvantaged children and their families, served as a missionary for three years and is the author of several books. https://www.smashwords.com/interview/jeczaja Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00IU4RWKE

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