By: Ryan Pettigrew
Inner greatness exists in all of us but is hard to find so most choose to tread water and remain on the path of least resistance. This also remains true regarding integrity since it’s much easier to follow the crowd but if both were easy to obtain, everyone would, and neither would be discussed. The bar has been set high for humanity and most fold under the pressure; society has become a cesspool of mediocrity and puppets. As Ayn Rand says, “I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals and I loathe humanity for its failure to live up to those possibilities.”
The canine’s highest potential is to obey it’s master and show unconditional loyalty. Sure there’s examples of unstable dogs turning on their owners but that’s due to the owner’s poor training, who usually humanize the dog or train it to fight. So really, it’s not the choice of the dog to be bad but actually the result of the owner’s actions.
Dogs won’t betray you because their self-interest lies in pleasing the master. They don’t care about popularity, money or any other human temptation that can cause betrayal. My dog would die to protect me and show unconditional love. I love dogs because they usually achieve their highest potential when trained and treated correctly, which is more than I can say for humans. People aren’t created to obey but rather to be great; unfortunately, most choose blind obedience.
I can only hope that there comes a time when people choose integrity and achieving their highest potential but it’s beyond my control. All I can do is accept it as is and treat everyone according to their actions, which means keeping the majority at a distance, Until things change, my dogs and I choose to keep associations far and few between. There are rare ones who get it and we embrace them to the fullest extent but most fall way short.