31 May 2008

The Charm of Town, Country

In the city, cats, outside, are happy to see people and often allow humans to approach and pat them. Rural cats do not need humans and will evade them if they approach. City cats are charming, because they are not sure if they will ever eat again, they know that they are not doing anything useful, and cannot imagine how or why the next meal will arrive.

Country cats have sorted out the mice who will occupy their stomachs and the birds who will lose flight in the context of the wild, humans may provide a supplement to this inventory and offer a minor interruption to this context.

In the city, the abstraction of emotion rules, and relationships dominate and are enforced by the structures which surround the food. The city rats, safe in their separate lifestyle.


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