The wisdom of cats

I wouldn’t say that cats are enlightened, or that we should take them as our role models, but they do have a few things to teach us, from what I can see. Here are some thoughts that my feline friends have sparked today. Their quiet teachings are very valuable, I believe.

A Short Compendium of the Wisdom of Cats

Or,

The moral and political philosophy of cats:

a short treatise of semi-serious verbiage from the feline domain

Generally speaking, take life at a calm and measured pace. Too much rush and business is frivolous and demeaning, undignified as well as unsettling to the spirit, and largely a waste of time.

Keep your dignity at all times; and remember, a quiet and unassuming majesty is far better than showiness, or loud, boisterous talk.

Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day – never too much at once.

Do your stretches every day.

Give and receive love and affection, but also keep a little bit of independence within you.

Remember the joy of solitude as well as companionship.

Always be a kitten at heart (or a youth, for you human folk).

Never be completely domesticated: always preserve an element of wildness.

Be true to yourself. If it doesn’t feel right for you, or now’s not the right time, then respect that, and carry on. Don’t be a lap dog. No offense to the more fawning and subservient among the four-legged clan – or the two-legged – but…get a spine. You need neither masters nor servants when you have friends and companions, and more importantly, when you have your own inner being and a bit of resourcefulness. Yes, we are anarchist by nature, or libertarian democrats – I mean, democats. You do your thing; I’ll do mine – and if I’m not into it, I’m not into it: don’t bother me. I enjoy my freedom to simply be.

Don’t take yourself too seriously, nor be too proud: a little belly rub is good for the soul.

Enjoy the night as much as the day.

Keep your eyes and senses sharp: observe everything, and with a calm repose, be ever-mindful of your surroundings.

Never underestimate the regenerative power of a nap.

Always keep a playful side within you.

Practice good hygiene and self-care: nurturing yourself is wise, natural, and healthy.

When you have to, just cough it up: holding that hairball down will only make you ill. It may be unpleasant coming up, and even more so once you get a good look at it, but you’ll feel far better afterward. And don’t be embarrassed – it’s just a hairball. It happens to the best of us.

Calm dignity and quiet reserve speaks volumes, and is generally much better than a lot of noise.

Don’t forget to bask in the sun, or to sit still and simply enjoy watching the world with a tranquil mind.

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