Thursday, January 1, 2009

"The more I know about people, the better I like my dog."

To me, this is the most fascinating thing about the internet: You have all of these people with their dreams, ideas, faults and strengths ... you have these circles, these nodes, of common interest where this diverse mass of individuals pour their thoughts into shared pixel representations.
And sometimes I think to myself: Why do we do this? Why do we strive to share our experiences and thoughts with everyone else? Why do we want to get people to understand what we're thinking, feeling, wanting?
It seems to me that no matter how introverted or extroverted an individual is, we all are reaching for some kind of connection beyond just our self - to know that we are not totally alone in our thought or experience or feeling. That someone appreciate at least a fraction of who and what we are.
What is hard for me to understand, and I'm not sure I'm capable of really understanding it, is why some people are literally so lost in their own individuality that they cannot hear the experiences and feelings of others.
Maybe that's the most important reason why I love my dogs so much: You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says:
"My God, you're RIGHT! I NEVER would've thought of that!"

1 comment:

  1. Jenna, how nice to know that you have a blog!!! I will put your link in my blog :)

    Well, I´d seen the movie Marley and Me. I know, I know, it is a very hollywood movie, no fantastic and complicated ideas around, just capitalism and the movie´s business, but I just loved it... The movie ends telling exactly what everybody who has a dog (or any other mammiferous) knows: no matter if you are rich or poor, no matter if you are smart or fool, ugly or beautiful, for your dog you are always the most special being in earth.

    And you Jenna, you are a beautiful example of human being who learned with these so special creatures, how to be honest and loyal... (as also write so beautifully in all idioms ;))