I am increasingly convinced that there are people that are born with a hole in their soul. We all know them – people who are convinced of their own greatness. They lack empathy for others and are not only totally self-involved but devoid of anything resembling compassion. They treat others like toys to be manipulated. The spotlight must be on them at all time . Pettiness is their tour de force.
Until recently cats were often characterized as resembling these selfish, unfeeling souls. Recent evidence such as Tara the rescue cat who saved her four-year old charge from a dog indicates otherwise. Thanks to digital and social media there are the numerous examples of cats as heroes, singers, gate keepers and cats in nursing homes who offer comfort to those in pain or who are dying. I’m reminded of the kindness of cats when Koko comes to cuddle and watch Netflix with me or Jean Claude, sensing I’m feeling down, comes to play or rub again me. Cats can be kind and can serve as an example for us human beings as well.