Sunday, March 30, 2008

Rethinking Pets

Perry Farrell, the former lead singer of Jane's Addiction, wrote a song years ago entitled "Pets." I happened to hear it again on XM radio the other day. The song itself pokes fun at our seeming inability to manage our lives, as well as our knack for destroying ourselves and our world. Some of the lyrics are explicit (inappropriate lines have been omitted), but the key lines are shown below:

will there be another race to come along and take over for us?
maybe martians could do better than we've done
we'll make great pets!

my friend says we're like the dinosaurs
only we are doing ourselves in much faster than they ever did
we'll make great pets!

I know the song was meant in jest, but it got me thinking...(which is sometimes a dangerous thing :) What are some characteristics of a pet? Do you think we would "make great pets?" It sounds like a strange question, but stay with it. It may reveal some important insights about what it means to be human.

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Anonymous fish said...

My opinion is that we are far to complicated to ever be pets. What ever attempts have been made to control us would eventually fail because we are opportunists and eventually at some point because nobody is perfect there would be an opportunity to reverse our roles.

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