There were once two cats of Kilkenny.
Each thought there was one cat too many;
So they fought and they fit,
And they scratched and they bit,
Till, excepting their nails,
And the tips of their tails,
Instead of two cats, there weren’t any.
Well, this is quite the apt metaphor for the world we are living in. On a small scale, I was at a concert last weekend and the girl next to my group was clearly pissed off at us for the crime of also being on the general admission dance floor. She kept widening her dance area, swinging her hair and arms sharply to let us know that we were encroaching on “her” space. We basically ignored her and her boyfriend was making noticeable efforts to get her to calm down, ignore us back, and just have fun.
On a slightly larger scale, people in Colorado (myself included) constantly complain about how many people there are here now. But our population density is only 52 people per square mile. Compare that to the most densely populated city in the world, Manila, which has 107,561 people per square mile. In Manila, people are used to the crowding. Here, everyone believes they have some claim to Colorado and everyone who moves here after them is a terrible intruder.
On the biggest scale, there are so many global conflicts going around, most of which stem from a lack of respect for autonomy. It’s people trying to run other people’s lives in ways they disagree with. But if we can’t learn to live and let live, soon there might not be any of us left.
Verdict: Keep this mantra in mind next time you feel like elbowing someone to get more floor space during a concert.
It’s widely understood that Aesop’s fables had a lesson to impart to the reader. It’s less commonly known, but no less true, that the original Grimm’s fairy tales contained a lot of violence and sexual content that was inappropriate for children. But what about Mother Goose? Were the colorfully illustrated nursery rhymes in your Little Golden Book really so innocent? Were they carefully curated to be only about silliness and pat-a-cake? Let’s explore the reality together in this year’s Blogging From A to Z April Challenge.