I hadn’t checked the mail today, and when the car alarm sounded I went outside to have a look. Walking to the mailbox I saw the neighbor in the shadows of his driveway. I asked, “Was that MY car alarm?”, to which he replied, no, it was his … very sensitive alarm.
I was also greeted by his massive Pit Bull. What a beauty!! He is over 100 pounds, thick and strong. He sniffed my shoes, my pants, I could tell he smelled by dogs on me. His owner kept calling him back, and he slowly made his way home, but not before peeing on my mailbox post for what seemed like an entire minute.
Back inside, I thought of the dogs, mine and the neighbors, and how although two or more can work it out and actually live together in somewhat peace, two neighboring dogs will tear each other apart, warring for dominance.
Then I thought of the world … Are humans really no better than dogs? It seems so, the way countries try to out weaponize each other, doing everything they can to be a bigger threat. One country and one race over another, men over women, among many other examples … push back from those stepped upon, pushed down, abused, used … trying to survive.
I shake my head as this realization sinks in.