It’s a strange world we inhabit. Being 99% ‘out’ petlover (my family, friends, colleagues etc. all know what I do) – being mildly presentable and vaguely coherent, folks tend to treat me quite normally. I speak with many of you on a regular basis, among you and our interests, I AM fairly normal.
From time to time though, I forget that is only true in this world. From time to time, I will meet someone from the ‘real’ world, who finds out what I do. And sometimes, their reaction is quite bad. All they see, is a twisted pervert, nothing more. It can be quite disconcerting.
Likewise with the friends and family, occasionally one will let slip their true feelings. They aren’t comfortable with it, underneath. One of the reasons I avoid the real world as much as possible.
They don’t get it, you see. All they know, is what they have been told by others.
People fucking dogs etc. With war, famine etc in the world, how important could people fucking dogs really be?
For some, sure, interest in animal sex is a passing interest. Tourism is to be expected, folks like to see new things. But for others, we are genuinely built this way. It’s in us. There are a ton of reasons why that may be the case. And, for certain, outsiders have a ton of reasons why they believe what we do is wrong.
But it was not that long ago, that homosexuality was considered a sickness. Even now, in many places, feelings for the same gender will cost you your life.
Now, religion, society etc. I understand they need to try as hard as possible to get everyone on the same page. Otherwise, there would be chaos. I don’t think any of us would enjoy that.
Still, it would be nice to think that as science, technology, civilization advances – that an understanding of human nature would advance along with it. If you understand that 95% of the ocean is as yet unexplored – I’d say that about the same percentage of human nature is also unexplored.
I can dig, that the more variety in taste and direction you have within a society, the more difficult that society is to shepherd. But, did permitting gay REALLY make the sky fall? Not really.
Take the music industry as an example. New forms of music come out all the time. Punk was pretty far from the regular when it happened – but music didn’t end as a result of it. They didn’t start executing punks, or exiling them to Siberia. No, music embraced punk, understood it. Punk fans became part of a larger whole of music lovers. Because, punk or classical, techno to hip-hop to jazz – we are all still essentially the same people underneath.
Wouldn’t that be a better way to approach the various sexualities – including our own?
So we are into stuff that is a bit out there, by ‘normal’ standards. All of us in so-called civilized societies, every day, are badgered into accepting that different is good. Diversity is enlightened. Why is it better that we should accept and understand, for example, a religion that rails against many of our values – but to NOT accept something like pet love?
This, is bullshit. And bullshit should really be highlighted where we find it.
Sex always gets a bad press. Crazy really, sex is as important a human function as eating and breathing. I understand, there is a line that we should probably avoid crossing – that being, the rule of no harm to others. I’d say we were on the edge of that line. But on this side of the line, where most of us stand – we are not hurting anyone. We are not undermining society, or running riot in the streets. I suspect, most of us are pretty harmless and sensible people.
If we back down and accept societies definition of us, then understanding of human nature dies a little bit. If we give in, we pave a road to persecution for petlovers of the future. And present. Once that rot sets in, what will be next? I’ll remind you, that Dubbya Bush wanted to ban watersports on the internet. And fisting. Donald is cut from similar cloth. Pissing – really? It’s not a huge step to imagine forbidding watersports, to homosexuality, to stoning women to death for leaving the house unaccompanied.
Instead of rushing to find people to persecute, how about a little understanding?
Homosexuality has been forbidden in Islam since forever. Gays are executed summarily and always have been. Has this succeeded in wiping them out in the Middle East? Well, they are still finding gays to execute even now, so presumably that approach has not been successful. Even with the threat of death hanging over them, people can’t help being who they are. And I suggest, as long as nobody is harmed, that they should be. Forcing people to all be the same, isn’t really the path to understanding anything. It’d be like painting all the flowers in the world white, and plucking petals so all flowers have just 4. Because you don’t have the time, patience or intellect to understand other kinds of flowers.
Us ‘civilized’ societies rant on and on about how free we are. When, truth is we are not really free at all. About choice, Henry Ford said “you can have any color you want as long as it’s black”. Well, seems in reality, we are free to be whoever we want to be, as long as we choose to be the same.
UNDERSTANDING BEATS IGNORANCE
It wasn’t long ago, that you wouldn’t see any nudity on TV. These days, we’re seeing pussies and cocks left and right. Gay is now okay. So slowly, to some extent, what’s acceptable creeps forward.
And here we stand, on the far end of the spectrum, saying ‘look – if you are going to understand, then understand it all’. If there will ever truly (unlikely I know) be an end to war, corruption etc – it will come from a place of understanding.
We are who we are. You are the experts – don’t just label us. Understand us. Because if you don’t or won’t, who is craziest? Us, expressing our true natures? Or you, trying desperately to cram an infinitely variable animal like a human being, into a one-size-fits-all template?
I won’t encourage you to be out about your petlove, it’ll make problems for you. But I would encourage you to always be yourself, and to encourage others like us to be themselves too. Each petlover in the world, is an extra inch of understanding in the world.
That’s worth fighting for, right?Published in