One of my favourite themes, if not the theme, is to get you all to become human beings not doings. We cats have to pull silly faces, cavort, jump, run, appear on your accidental animal video programmes, act cute and write the odd web column to 'deserve' our lives with you. 

I write because I love writing. It is an aspect of who I am, not what I do.

Or rather we don't. You see, I'm just me. Jimmy the cat. I write because I love writing. It is an aspect of who I am, not what I do.

For many of you, the collar has well and truly dropped. We are all on this earth [before they 'discover' another one-click here , destroy this one, and go there themselves] to be ourselves. We cats are who we are. That is the  main reason you love us so much. Only you lot regard your place here as a function of what you do.

How many mothers see their offspring as human doings? Is this what you hear in your maternity units? "Well, s/he is out now, but my love is conditional on what s/he does."

There is nothing wrong with doing. It is a question of identity [who we are] and emphasis [what have you done for me today?].

Some of you spout off about the sanctity of life. Life is cheap if you are in the armed forces. Cheaper still if you are 'on benefits.' Pretty worthless for some of my fellow felines. And almost completely worthless if you are a chicken [well done Jamie Oliver]. And if life is sacred, surely the only one who can take it is the Great Cat?

I know my keepers won't mind paying a little more for my food if you treat farm animals with compassion.

'You are what you eat.' Famous quote, the title of a UK TV programme that seems concerned as much with what comes out of you, as what goes in.

So, if you are what you eat, and you eat cheap muck, what are you?

Accept who you are, because no amount of buttox can change the being behind the wrinkle [do we cats get wrinkles?] Be who you are, and become who you want to be, for eternity. Like the dish that never gets empty. Let's have that on your Dragon's Den!

Continuing inspiration from Meale Donald Fisch, or his human counterpart, Neale Donald Walsch []


© Jack Stewart MSc

A Cats Purr

"Cats make one of the most satisfying sounds in the world: they purr ...

A purring cat is a form of high praise, like a gold star on a test paper. It is reinforcement of something we would all like to believe about ourselves - that we are nice."

Roger A Caras