Did you ever notice that they don’t ever show the movie “Old Yeller” on TV anymore?
At least I never see it on anymore. This one little, seemingly insignificant thing, explains almost everything that is wrong with America today. I bet that all of you have heard of “Old Yeller”, and that most of you have seen it, but for those of you who for whatever reason, haven’t, here’s the part of the movie that is most often referred to and remembered:
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The thing that everyone needs to understand that “Old Yeller” was not a fantasy tale, it was meant to be a realistic story about a family’s life in the late 1860’s. In other words, it showed how people actually thought and acted back then.
It’s not surprising that people’s attitudes have changed a lot since that period right after the civil war. What is surprising is how and when that change has taken place. “Old Yeller” was written in 1956, and made into a movie in 1957, almost 100 years after the story was supposed to take place. It’s primary audience was children, and it was meant to reinforce traditional values and morals.
When I was a kid, everyone that I knew had seen “Old Yeller” It was part of our consciousness. I (and almost everyone that I knew) owned a dog, but we all understood that dogs don’t live as long as humans, and that no matter how much we loved them, the value of the lives of our dogs could never, and should never be equated to that of a human life. Few people today could ever understand the bond we had with our dogs. We spent almost every day that we were not in school with them, playing, exploring, trespassing, and otherwise getting into trouble.
I have many memories of my dogs and my friends’ dogs, but I have no memory of any of our parents spending much money on them. Our dogs were part of our lives, until one day when they wouldn’t come to meet us in the morning. If they seemed sick the previous day, we immediately expected the worst.
There’s few things worse than being a kid, slowly walking to wherever it was that your dog usually spent the night, knowing that you will almost certainly find he had died, or even worse, be in some type of Old Yeller situation. There was no spending thousands of dollars on vet bills, when I was young. Even fairly well-to-do families understood that doing so would almost certainly be counterproductive for the family budget, the dog, and children who loved the dog the most.
A suffering dog, that had less than a 50/50 chance of making it, even with the best of care, was put down, at home, for the cost of 22 shell. A lot of crying, a hole dug in the back yard, a funeral service attended by siblings and friends, a homemade wooden cross planted in the fresh dirt, and it was over. It did however, make us more realistic about life and the world around us, and it toughened us up emotionally, making it easier for us to deal with more traumatic things that were sure to follow.
Today, it’s hard to find movies like “Old Yeller”, or anything else that portrays traditional values, common sense, or the tough choices that must be made in life to children, and most of this change has occurred in the last 40 years. This is the result:
source:The New York Times
J. Emilio Flores for The New York Times
Dr. Mary Gardner, a veterinarian, co-founded an in-home pet hospice and euthanasia service called Lap of Love.
More and more, cats and dogs get the human treatment. There are pet spas, pet therapists, pet clothes. And as it goes in life, so it now goes in the twilight. The latest phenomenon: pet hospice.
Around the country, a growing number of veterinarians are offering hospice care, and marketing it as a way to give cats and dogs — and their owners — a less anxious, more comfortable passing.
The approach, in the spirit of the human variety, entails ceasing aggressive medical treatment and giving pain and even anti-anxiety drugs. Unlike in hospice care for humans, euthanasia is an option — and in fact, is a big part of this end-of-life turn. When it’s time, the vet performs it in the living room, bedroom or wherever the family feels comfortable.
That’s a big part of the job, the vets say, relieving pet owner guilt, giving them an emotional bridge to a pet’s death, and letting them grieve at home — rather than in a clinic or animal shelter. The intimacy carries a premium, sometimes costing 25 percent or more than euthanasia in a clinic. Vets, and their customers, say it can be worth it.
What better example of the negative consequences of shielding children from reality do we need? A dog hospice. Have you ever heard of such a thing? In order for such a thing to come into existence, a few main ingredients are required, including are adults that:
don’t fully understand the reality of life and death.
are so selfish that they place avoiding dealing with their own weaknesses above the best interests of their dogs.
have come by money so easily their entire lives, that they would rather spend it, than deal with what they are obligated to deal with.
have such screwed up priorities that they would rather spend their money on a dog that is sure to die, than other humans in need.
There is no way that I can prove it, but I would be willing to bet just about any amount of money that I could afford, that the vast majority of these dog hospice customers are liberals. That is why it irks me so when I hear people say that liberals are more compassionate than conservatives.
If you shield a child from the realities of life, the end result will almost always be a liberal adult. That’s what being a liberal is all about, avoiding reality, whereas being a conservative is all about dealing with it.