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RandomThoughts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-11 10:27 PM
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22. You are mixing metaphor with literal.
Edited on Sat Feb-12-11 10:33 PM by RandomThoughts
If you are talking about actual pets, that is literal, and no they are not people.

Although many of the metaphors of zoo and pet, talk about people as animals, or some people superior then others.


Take what you said, replace landlord with the person, and pet as some tenant or worker, and that is how some think.



So in metaphor the problem is some think of some people as animals.


By jumping between metaphor and literal, there are two different conversations, obviously a cat or a dog is not a person, but obviously when someone treats a person as a dog or cat, they are a person, and treating them not like a person is the problem.



And on your comment, if you treated them with dignity, you would not think of them as helpless, but maybe understand it is them helping you by sharing kindness, because you need that. I know you are talking metaphor, but they are only helpless in some material quantity of something, you are helpless in the spiritual, hence why you are not superior, and they are not pets in the metaphor concept.

And in many cases they are 'helpless' in the material, because they don't want to be like you, and are trying to show you that. Then again, some people go animal and then 'big brain box doctrine' gets into the conversation, and concepts of good and bad animal, and many other concepts complicate it. But basically in metaphor, you are the lessor, they just arn't mean to you when you are a material prick.

And they are trying to help you, while you don't even understand and think having some material thing means something more then it does. And again in metaphor, you don't even have a clue of what they are capable of, because they mostly try to help you, and unless things get really bad, that helping can be done without you having to know, even if you are a prick about being in control of some material thing, they can still share with you.

In metaphor, you don't understand any of it.

The pet is trying to help you in metaphor, because it knows it is not your pet.

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