In Heat for Love, Like Cats and Dogs?
Stray cats and dogs are everywhere. They multiply and go wherever they want to. At night, cats can just trespass on your house roof and pick cat fights. Stray dogs sometimes like to pick fights at midnight too. These domestic animals can just ruin what should be a peaceful night rest for humans. The consequences of their rackets are fellow cats and dogs turned into “pulutan” or more often found dead in garbage bins.
Killing and disposing of animals is cruel to say the least. After all, they are just the products of males and females who could not help themselves and are merely following their animal instincts.
We humans are more fortunate. We have a brain that can process data and arrange them according to importance, and we have the Reason that informs us about the sensibility of certain actions. We also have a Free Will—that mysterious gift that allows us to chart our own course and to choose between several alternatives. But are we really that different from cats and dogs?
The subject of human sexuality has produced serious studies, debates, drama, art, articles, advertisements, and pornography. It has spun off into raging controversies like legislation on population control and “reproductive health.” Like cats and dogs, many humans just have sex as if we don’t have Intellect and Free Will, grasping at “freedom” to do what we want without the responsibility.
Because of this we have generated a culture that proclaims: “If it feels good, then it’s right.” Rather than uphold our dignity as spiritual beings with bodies, we choose to behave like cats and dogs, surrendering to our baser instincts to “do it” with whoever, wherever, and whenever.
Then claiming that we cannot control ourselves, we resort to contraceptives to prevent unwanted and unplanned pregnancies.
The irony of it all is that, use of contraceptives has encouraged more irresponsible behavior and a degeneration of morals. It makes us think that we can have sex and defend, “We’re protected anyway.”
Government information campaigns downplay the failure rates of these methods. In countries where liberal use of artificial contraceptives has been the practice, there have been more unplanned and unwanted pregnancies as evidenced by the rise in abortion numbers, whether legal or illegal. Unlike cats and dogs who take care of their litters as they come along, and don’t deliberately snuff out their lives, we humans possess the capacity to abort our children. Dead babies have been found in garbage bins. The international abortion statistics are staggering.
Artificial contraception denies the human capacity for self-control and cheapens human value. It is like a situation where an individual eats excessively, then tries to gain a slim figure through bulimia or liposuction. Balanced diet and exercise are too much of an effort. Sexual abstinence is too much of an effort. We often defend that “We are only humans,” because we refuse to acknowledge that we have descended to the level of cats and dogs.
But there’s still hope for humans and it all depends on the choice we make: to become like cats and dogs or to uphold our human dignity. It’s your choice!
Based on The Clarion Editorial: Like Cats and Dogs by Maria Andrea Mendigo