I guess the post title could be "Honesty" since that title was unnervingly honest ("Honesty? What is this 'honesty' you speak of?" quote the raven of American society...or most society, really).
Original ideas for the title include "YOLO" and "You Only Live Once?"
But before you scramble in the other direction, hear me out. I am typing what I'd like to call an enjoyable (if not completely time-wasting) blog.
If you haven't heard of the acronym YOLO, it stands for "You Only Live Once". Most people use it as an excuse to do incredibly stupid things. I'm not sure who invented or coined it and when it exactly started getting popular, but I am sure that I've heard it WAY too much in the past few months.
This blog is not a historical overview on the origins YOLO or anything intellectual in the slightest (so, sorry, to those Nerdfighters who are currently extremely disappointed. Please stay tuned anyway).
Basically, I just want to mash this acronym and the "myth" of cats having nine lives together. I kind of feel sorry for cats; they cannot truthfully say YOLO because they live nine times.
However, I mentioned this in class one day and a fellow student argued that her cat only lived once and she knows that for a fact. This happened maybe a month ago, and I just so happened to be thinking about it on this fine (albeit extremely hot and dry) evening. These are my thoughts:
How do you, fellow classmate, know for a fact that your cat lived only once, when he/she could have died eight times previously?
Do you keep track of your cat constantly (knowing her, the answer is a profound NO)?
How do you know that your cat didn't, in its many precarious adventures, get hit by a car in another time (yes, cats love to explore other towns. I'm not sure why. I've never really taken the time to ask one) and come back to life to make it home before dark?
How do you know that didn't happen eight times previously?
How do you know that cats don't have specific schedules and rules to make sure that their ninth death happens within the knowledge of their owner?
I'm sure you've come home to your outside cat only to see him/her just arriving as you are. Or gone outside to feed your cat and have to call extra loudly so your cat can hear you from whatever fortress he/she is residing in. Do you know how many deaths could have happened in those time frames (Yes, I know, that depends on the time it takes for a cat to be revived and whatnot, but since no branch of science has been devoted to finding out how long it takes for a dead cat to come back to life...we'll just pretend it takes a few minutes maximum)?
If you have an inside cat (as in one who has never in its ENTIRE life been outside for any amount of time that would render it invisible to you), don't think you've won this argument.
You can't be home ALL of the time, and your cat could easily fall off of your highest bookshelf or drown in the sink full of dishwater you forgot to drain (or he/she ran; Our old cat Cubbs had much fun turning the water faucet on and off) multiple times. Adventurous cats sometimes need a few times before they learn that something is a "no no".
So, say you never leave the house and you've been with your cat their entire life AND you watched them being born AND even when you slept you know for a FACT that they were right beside you and never left AND all of these other impossible things and your cat died and never woke up.
Ignoring the possibility that it takes an incredibly long time for cats to come back to life...even think that with all that restriction and moderation, your cat died of boredom?
Because I'm not sure death by boredom merits revival.