On Birds and Cats


But did you not hear about the trial of the man who killed a cat that was stalking migratory birds in a Texas sanctuary? What a nightmare! On one hand, who can deny the allure of the cat, creature of the night, possessor of dreams? Yet who has not stood in awe of birds flying overhead, en route to the sun? Thus we were not surprised to hear that the jury deadlocked and the judge declared a mistrial. Cats and birds; the most we can ever expect is an uneasy truce. Like the conscious and the unconscious, both remain eternally at war for our soul, not realizing that the victory of one would mean the death of both.

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