America's Pet Ownership Priorities Are All Wrong
Pets, Americans love them. Dogs, cats, gerbils, snakes, pigs, horses, cows, monkeys, you name it, Americans love and hold their animal pets dear. Millions of pets, so many pets here in the States, that in 2014, wee spent an estimated 58 Billion US Dollars on feeding and caring for our pets http://www.cbsnews.com/news/americans-spent-a-record-56-billion-on-pets-last-year/. I don't know about you, but I find that amount of money a bit overboard and can think of a lot of other, and more important things that Americans should put 58 Billion Dollars towards.
Don't get me wrong, I think having a pet is a wonderful thing. In fact, I think every child should have a pet and carry the responsibilities that come with pet ownership. Children can learn such wonderful and beneficial life lessons when taking on responsibilities of owning a pet. Take for instance grooming. Making sure a pet is well groomed, teaches a child the importance of cleanliness as well self-respect for one's appearance. Of course there are many other great lessons to be learned for children when taking on responsibility of owning a pet, there is also attention to medical care, feeding, and removing of animal excrement as well as others. No doubt, pets can be used to teach children valuable life lessons.
Beyond children learning life lessons from owning a pet, adults also enjoy having and owning pet animals as well. Pets keep many American adults occupied, and many of our pets are generally affectionate. They help us in times of loneliness and some even say pets can be therapeutic. Beyond those reasons, many Americans own animal pets because they tend not to communicate displeasure with human interaction either. I mean, if you come home from a bad day at work and are grumpy or mad, your pet isn't going to intrude on your negative behaviours and attitude by asking why you're so miserable. Most pets when they see you upset like that, just go and hide from you, they don't don't know about good and bad days, they only know to avoid you if you treat them badly.
That's really why most people have pets, they lack human emotions. After all, humans can give us grief. Animals on the other hand generally don't interact with us when we have and express negative feelings. Here in the USA, more and more of us are getting pets, but at the same time, are lessening our interaction and communication with other humans. It all comes back to the area regarding human emotions. We humans want and desire interaction, but in our culture, other humans are seemingly becoming more and more judgmental, or at least we perceive they are being judgmental, and we feel that these judgmental humans tend to tell us when we are doing something immoral or wrong. This is a major issue for Americans because Americans don't like being judged or being told what to do, which makes animal ownership an easier choice over human interaction and interpersonal relationships. Again, animals generally don't know, and don't really care about your immorality or personality defects, they only know when you are treating them well or not.
What can only be properly described as the new form of American escapism through the use of pet ownership, is widening. As I mentioned earlier, Americans increasingly and generally don't want to have to deal with hearing from humans regarding their personal errors in judgement, or immoral practices. There is a huge movement here to make pets and indeed, many animals, pets or not, as likened to humans, but not as the “you are judging me” humans. We see an explosion of folks dressing their pets with human clothing, pushing small pets in make-shift baby carriages, even folks marrying their pets as well. Heck, there's even a website on how to marry your pet, Lonely ? Can't find a mate ? No problem, marry your animal pet http://www.marryyourpet.com/. Pet's seemingly are in, humans are out.
How far are Americans willing to go as far as replacing human interaction with animal relations ? I'm not sure, I mean if a person is willing to marry an animal, how much worse can it get ? The word “accountability” is missing from vocabularies of many Americans. We don't like to be held accountable and animals seem to fit the mold to enable our negative character trait of not being held accountable for our decision making. So many in our nation have really screwed up their lives and indeed, our culture as well by ignoring the fact that each of us needs to be held accountable for our actions and morality. We've really made a mess of God's design for America and our own lives by taking the course of making animals as equal or near equal to humans. It has become so bad here in relation to this issue of humanizing our pets, we openly murder millions of baby's in a mothers womb each year without batting an eye, yet if we see a person hit a dog or maltreat an animal, we literally scream for that person to be fried in the electric chair. Americans' have their priorities all screwed up.
A nation, any nation is in deep trouble, including on the verge of either imploding or being blown up by God's own judging hand when it diminishes the value of human beings while yet also valuing inanimate objects or animals as being more precious than the life of human beings. America is surely missing the mark by a wide margin by treating animals better than human beings, that's called having a very poor decision making process.
America, get your heads unstuck from up inside your Gluteus Maximus. Animals are not human beings. Animals are animals. If your offended by someone maltreating an animal, good for you for speaking up or taking rightful action, but If you are willing to fight for alleged rights of animals, you need to prioritize your decision making process by defending human beings first and humans as being more important than animals. One photo of an abused animal on social media should only be posted after 100 photos of abused and murdered human beings placed on social media first. Let's get our God gifted priorities in order !
Baby's and humans and more precious than pets and animals. Get it ?
Genesis 1:28-30 “And God blessed them. And God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.' And God said, 'Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.' And it was so.”
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