Do As I Say, Not As I DoPosted: October 29, 2015
I like dogs.
That’s not really controversial. But in today’s world, if you’re going to say something about an individual who is a member of a group, you must establish that you’re not speaking of the group, lest you offend. Dogs are wonderful. They are our friends, protectors, co-workers and companions. They ask for nothing in return but friendship and some of whatever you’re eating. No, really, whatever you’re eating is fine, just ask them.
So yeah, I like dogs. And I like how revel in having their heads out of the window when they ride in a car. I’ve considered trying that, if only to understand the attraction. Unfortunately, I’m certain that I’d get distracted and hit my head on a stop sign. Nothing good would come from that.
Now That The Disclaimer Is Done
The other day, I was running around town, enjoying the fall weather with the top down on my car. Someone ahead stopped to make a turn and I found myself in a small pack of traffic. In the back seat of the car ahead of me was a dog.
As we accelerated, the dog’s head popped through the open window. His ears flopped in the wind. He barked at cars in the oncoming lane. He didn’t miss any; each car got its own bark.
Proof That I Think Too Much
At first I thought “yeah, we’d have to change that. That barking would get old fast.”
But I soon reconsidered.
“This dog has taken his car chasing to a new level”, I thought. “It’d be wrong to train it out of him.”
Initiative is a rare thing, in people or in dogs. Destroying this dog’s initiative to innovate upon the car chasing work done by generations of his ancestors would be unethical.
Dogs have chased cars since Henry Ford’s day. I don’t think they’ve ever caught one or established what one of them would do if they actually cornered a car. I don’t think they chase maliciously. I’ve assumed dogs chase cars because they feel left out of the fun when they aren’t riding. I still think that’s the truth for most pups. As I said, my problem is with this individual.
Hypocrisy. Uncool, Even With A Wagging Tail
Unfortunately for this dog, ethics coming into the conversation was his undoing. He was barking at other cars, trying to discourage their drivers and even other dogs who, like him, were fortunate enough to be invited along for a ride. If it was alright for him to be in a car, why did he believe that it wasn’t for anyone else?
Low order creatures like politicians and religious figures usually trade in that kind of “do as I say, not as I do” logic; it has no place with the rest of us or our canine pals.
Normally, I value being in the presence of uniqueness. The first of anything is usually pretty cool. There’s nothing cool about a hypocrite, even the first ever hypocritical dog.