Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Interrupted Thoughts on “The Meaning of Life”

Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone's task is unique as his specific opportunity. Viktor Frankl, Man's Search For Meaning

I began writing this post after spending several hours in deep thought about “the meaning of life.” Being who I am and what I have read and what I have done, my thoughts eventually turned to Viktor Frankl. So, I thought I would write about Frankl, logotherapy, and the meaning of life. Unfortunately, at this moment, I can’t. My thoughts are too subjective and disarrayed to write about the meaning of life—at least at the moment.

So allow me to ask two deep questions, not about my life, but about the life on the one who shares my house: Alex.

Why it is that Alex avoids drinking from his very decorative water dish, but sticks his face and paw into any glass of water he can reach from which I am drinking?

Why is it that, when Alex wants to go outside and I open the back door, he simply stands and looks without moving and then walks to the front door; but at other times ,when I open the front door, he stands and looks and then walks to the back door?


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  2. My dog Gracie has a waterbowl inside and a waterbowl outside. She almost never drinks from the one inside. She will go outside, in the rain, to drink out of the other bowl.

    They say animals take on the personalities of their owners, but I don't see how that can be true. My pets are all nuts.

    I think one the world's great philosophers, Tom T. Hall, already found the meaning of life, didn't he? It's "faster horses, older whiskey, younger women, more money."

  3. Thomas, I agree: all pets are nuts. Of course, Alex thinks I am, too.

    I like Tom T. Hall’s philosophy. Perhaps I just go with it and forgo all of this damned soul-searching. I think it is getting me down.

  4. I would have to agree-all pets are nuts (and it can't be a reflection of the owner...)
    If indeed Tom T. Hall's words are true, how can we adapt for the females out there??? I can go for faster horses and older whiskey...

  5. Well, punkmom, my friend Candy is 31 and she prefers "men" who are 20-22. She says, “They cum fast but cum often.” Of course, Candy is a bit like my cat, Alex, but don’t tell her that I said so.

  6. my cat is just like that. she acts like she wants to go out and when we open the door she just stands there. when we close the does she scratchs at it. silly cat.

  7. Horses, whiskey, and women: aren't those what Kentucky is famous for?

  8. because....


    he is a cat. and therefore he does whatever the bloody hell he likes and if we ever figure it out he'll change everything.

  9. Song: I wonder if all cats have the fallibility to ignore anything and everything they don’t want to do.

  10. Abby: That's what I have been told: Fast Horses, Hard Whiskey, and Hard, Fast Women.

  11. Jody: every cat I have ever know is silly, at least from my perspective.

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