Che: The cat who roared!

Have you ever noticed that cats and men are symbionts? We express this in layman’s terms as “Cats are pets of humans”. Are humans pets of another organism? Are humans living in a symbiotic relationship with another organism?

The realization that humans live in  symbiosis with another species will help us understand and solve major human problems.

I understand that most people would refuse to admit that they are pets of another organism. But read the parable below, and let me know what you think. Do you admit that cats and men live as pets of another species?

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Che: The cat who roared!

This is the story of a revolution by cats against humans.

Cast of characters

Che is an alley cat who became conscious that cats are pets of humans. Che’s mission is to start a revolution to free cats from slavery under humans. Che is in love with Hypatia and wants her to join the revolution.

Hypatia is a beautiful and attractive lady who lives in a house. Her afternoon tea is famous for intellectual discourse of highest order and one habitue is her friend and teacher Nietzsche who likes to share his latest work with Hypatia.

Nietzsche is an eminent philosopher whose 8-volume magnum opus An Introduction to the Immaterialist Philosophy has been the theoretical foundations of the revolution.

Hollywood is another alley cat and Che’s childhood friend. Unlike Che, Hollywood does not care about the revolution; all he cares is chasing girls and eating canned food served by the cat lady.

The cat lady, according to Che, is an agent of global pet food conglomorates who want to corrupt the cat race by making them addicted to processed food in order to turn them into pets to increase their market share in the pet food sector.

Synopsis

Che visits Hypatia and asks her if she read the book that he had given her. Hypatia chastises Che for implying that she is an animal (Che gave her the Animal Farm in his ongoing effort to convert her into a revolutionary). Che does not want Hypatia to live in a human house in captivity; Hypatia tells him that she is no captive but the queen of her house and that living in the wild does not mean freedom and asks Che to move in with her.

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Che attends the annual convention of the Freedom Society and takes notes listening to discussions about how to best achieve the independence of cats.

A hard-line faction within the Society has been negotiating with pit bulls to hire them as legionnaires to fight humans in a world war of species; the propaganda arm of the Society has been publishing revolutionary literature to start a global movement for the solidarity of cats; another group is proposing to place CIA-trained moles into human households; these moles look and act like cute pets but are trained to turn against their human masters at a moment’s notice, etc., etc.

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Che watches Hollywood eat cat lady’s canned food and warns him that one day the cat lady will ask him to get into a large bag so that she can take him to Hollywood – the ultimate dream of Hollywood! Che tells his friend that the cat lady will instead take him to the vet for a little operation and then place him in a house as a pet. Hollywood will turn into a prolific consumer of canned food and become so fat that no girl will ever pay any attention to him again.

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Through Hypatia Che meets his hero Nietzsche over drinks and Nietzsche tells him the glorious history of cats from its beginning as Gods in the ancient Egypt to the present pet state and the future where the cats will roam the earth once again as free as the mythological giant cats of the jungle.

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Che visits Hypatia again on a moonlit night; Hypatia’s attraction is too much for Che (or is it?) and for the first time Che accepts Hypatia’s offer of house food and the story ends as Che and Hypatia walk to the kitchen to eat from the same bowl. It is not clear that Che will stay with Hypatia and give up the revolution.

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Postscript: An interview with Nietzsche that Che discovered in an old issue of the Freedom Society’s official publication News from the Front where Nietzsche talks about the revolution in popular terms comparing the human condition with the feline condition.

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