I think shame sucks and leads to a lot of problems.
I wonder what purpose, evolutionarily speaking, shame has served. Has it made people conform to the standards of others in order to not to be killed or ostracized?
I was a freak as a kid and am really blessed to have learned, (because my parents were weirdos) to embrace and eventually even celebrate not fitting in.
I can’t remember the last time I felt shame.
And I don’t want my dog feeling shame.
He’s just had painful ear surgery. He doesn’t need shame.
The cone thing dogs and cats often have to wear after a surgical procedure gets called The Cone of Shame.
I don’t call it that. My dog seems to take after me. He is not ashamed of wearing a cone, he is merely annoyed by it and, now that he’ s slightly on the mend, is starting to try ripping it off his head. He’s also rolling a lot, trying to move the bandage on his ear and, today, got it halfway off.
This warranted a trip to the vet where the vet called the cone The Cone of Shame.
So I punched the vet and put the cone on him.
Okay, I didn’t.
There is this whole popular thing called Dog Shaming. I know a lot of people think it’s funny. I find it upsetting and I won’t put a link to the site but, in brief: People hang signs around their dogs’ heads, saying things like “I ate cat poop” or “I stole a sandwich”. They then photograph the dog with the sign around its neck, looking understandably sheepish.
Did these dog shamers really think, when they invited a dog to live with them, that they were getting a small, fur-covered human? And if that’s what they wanted, they could have had or adopted a child and, once in a while, glued some fake fur onto the child.
Dogs eat feces and kill bunnies and roll in dead things and lick their buttholes. There was a time when we probably did these things too. Maybe we need to get back to that and stop with this shame crap.
Shame seems like a very close relative of bullying. It’s very fashionable to decry bullying right now.