Why dogs are always happy?
Media: Family guy episode 17 season 8: Brian and Stewie
Book: The art of racing in the rain
I’m not sure how I can raise this topic to you guys. First of all, I’m a dog person and yeah I love dogs. Haha so let’s start with my idea.
In the family guy that episode and the book, one thing that they talked about is how dog always live in that moment.
I practiced Budhism for a while, and one of the principal I learn is about we, human, need to be in the present: in that moment; neither in the future nor in the past. I’m not sure how accurate this is. However, that’s what I learned.
And for a past few weeks this idea just flow over my mind. Isn’t when you do drugs, shroom, acid or weed, your mind just stop thinking about your future not the past, but just stay with you in the moment. That’s why many people talked about how they feel connected to someone or something or even to God.
However, how can we possibly live in the moment? That’s my question that I tried to find the answer. From the physics, we knows that stars that we seen every night is something that is in the past. More precise, anything that we see nowadays and everyday life just something that’s in the past like in pico-second ago. But one thing that will always in the moment is our mind.
So doesn’t that mean if we want to live happily we should ignore anything surround us and live in our mind?
Once I did shroom, I can remember this part very clearly. I felt that I was in one of mental illness person. However, I didn’t feel bad at all. I felt very happy as I never did before. I even was wondered why many people nowadays try to work hard and to earn their happiness. Since the real happiness was just in our mind.
I know that you guys might get confused in some part of my thought. I’m not a good writer so I don’t how to use the exact word or appropriated word for it. Just want to share my thought, any ideas are welcomed.
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@jesus, Great point about the domestic dog versus the wild dog. Consider the amount of responsibility the wild dog has, feeding itself, finding shelter, protecting itself from prey. I bet this dog would be found to have a sense of ‘future’. The domestic dog will know no worries, consider your own childhood and how happy you felt with your ignorance and lack of responsibility, relying on your parents. That makes it so easy to live in the ‘now’.
if anyone watches Wilfred, this is pretty much exactly what the latest episode was all about! i’m guessing that was the inspiration for this discussion, but if not then that’s just a fuckin’ crazy coincidence
** spoilers incoming for anyone who hasn’t watched episode 5 yet!!! **
Ryan: Look, it’s easy not to worry when you don’t have any real problems. Dogs don’t have to worry about money, or crime, or social injustice.
Wilfred: We don’t worry about those things because our noses keep us in the present. We stop and smell the roses, every goddamn one of them! Open your nostrils and smell around you, Ryan! Dirty diapers, sour milk puddles, used tranny-ass condoms!
@chuang11, In regards to your comment about the physics and how the light from the stars is taking a really long time to travel to us and by the time we “see” it so much has changed within that star or galaxy, our perception of what we are “seeing” is happening in the now. In my opinion, to live in the now is to be totally present, to be conscious of your surroundings and be engulfed in everything that you are experiencing (even if the light waves have taken years to reach you), to be mindful of all your senses as well as your body and mind.
When you said you don’t understand why people are working so hard for their happiness, when it is already in our minds, I agree and I find it very sad. I believe what these people are doing is working so hard because they think it will bring them happiness in the future. Yet agreeing with you, if they learn to cultivate happiness from within, if they can be happy with what they have already have, accept the imperfections and be grateful for their experience and existence, I believe everyone should be able to find happiness.
Back to dogs and living in the moment, if you watch a dog that’s owner has left them while they go to work or somewhere without the dog, upon return the dog is not upset their own has left them, this would be thinking about the past. Instead the dog is in the future, and right now their owner is back, so the dog is happy to see them and that their are in their life. Dogs learn from their past, but they do not dwell on it, they take the current moment, the current stimuli, and are grateful for every single pleasure, even if it is something that has happened time and time again.
@noon, nice response dude!
@chuang11, your actually a very good writer, you made some minor grammatical errors but also made some great points.
I have a dog and she is great. She is always so happy to see me. She really loves when I dance around, drives her crazy. But I do leave her by herself most of the day while I’m at work. What does she think about while I’m gone? Does she use my computer? Is she happy all day, or just when I get home?
Dogs are amazing
Dogs remind me a lot of young humans, living only to eat and play. Every time my dog receives a bone, it’s like Christmas has come early for him, there is no law of diminishing returns, every time he reacts with the same joy. They are so happy with what to us seems so little. Also, dogs don’t have things such as dog politicians and dog businessmen that live to dominate and fuck over the other dogs….ignorance is bliss. Perhaps us humans should take a leaf out of the book of dogs.