A Solution to the Problems of the World


Hello! My name is Sofie. I am somewhere around 4 years old. I’m not sure because I was adopted. The family that adopted me put me up for adoption again and didn’t send along any of my information to the adoption agency, the Denver Dumb Friends League.

I watch and listen to the t.v. news. It bothers me to listen to news reports about how human beings treat each other. They call each other awful names. They accuse each other of nefarious acts. They use religion and/or politics to justify their behavior. They say bad things about each other. They threaten each other. They beat each other up. They shoot each other. They stab each other. They poison each other. And many of them mistreat animals. Some even hunt and murder animals for trophies. And they express hate for human beings they do not like, for one reason or another.

The family who put me up for adoption constantly beat me, especially their kids. Not to fault the kids, because I believe kids are a by-product of their parents, I had to start biting them when they hit me. It got so bad I lost my appetite. I couldn’t sleep. I was constantly looking for somewhere to hide so that they could not find me. I lost weight. I was beginning to not want to live anymore. I was a nervous wreck. Finally, the mother of the family felt they had to put me up for adoption because I was incorrigible to her kids. Little did she realize that behavior can be changed.

So, you know, feelings, which ignite behavior, play an integral role in the way we communicate with each other. Feeling hate for someone works against those who hate. Hate is based on fear, and fear is based on ignorance. Hating works and wears on the human body for those who hate. It can cause cancer to one or more of the organs in your body. It can slowly eat away at your muscles and/or your nervous system. Hate is like cancer. Hate long enough and it will kill you.

So, wouldn’t it be nice if we could learn about that which we hate so that we no longer feel that way about anyone? I don’t know if I hated the family that beat me, but I know I didn’t want to be around them anymore. They feared me because they did not know that animals, just as human beings, have feelings, and they need to respect that, just as they need to respect each other’s feelings regardless of race, religion, political philosophy and a host of other things. The fine point of this posting is that we need to back off all of the stresses and pressures that infect our individual lives. We need to set aside our prejudices. We need to go to work on ways to communicate positively with each other so that all of us can contribute to a more positive and happier world.

If we don’t do that, we are going to continue to quietly trickle down a sewer where ghosts and goblins will eat us up and spit us out because we taste so badly. I am grateful. I am thankful. I am with a family now who doesn’t beat me. They love me and I love them and I wish that all of us could be that way with each other. I forget myself sometimes and bite them even though they have never threatened me at all. I just don’t bite down hard and break their skin like I did with the other family. Now, I just begin to bite down and then quit when I hear the soothing voice tell me to not do that and then kiss me on the forehead.  Love is the solution.

Why don’t your try that today? You’ll feel a lot better about yourself and your life.

Have a nice day, or nice night, wherever you might be.

Take care.

Love, Sofie

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