Even Hitler loved dogs

For the dverse prompt. Didn’t come out exactly as I thought it would but, it’s been a long day.

Even Hitler loved dogs

1) Compare and contrast:

the lilies of the field,
the birds of the air,
the wolves in their lair,
treading their set paths with selfless courage,
taking no more than they need,
giving whatever is needed,


the purveyors of peace and love,
preaching war on those who disagree,
trailing endemic poverty in their wake
and holding double standards in their hands.

2) Discuss:

a) the worship of bloodied martyrs
and heroes with bloody hands,
blood-sucking billionaires,
the beautiful and the damned,

b) why our cats have drawn claws
and our roses have no thorns.

You may begin.
You have very little time.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

48 thoughts on “Even Hitler loved dogs”

      1. Oh well, that would be me. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think people could learn, they simply choose not to.

        I read Heather Cox Richardson’s “Letters from an American” every morning, and she is brilliant at drawing parallels between events in American history and current events, as well as tracing how we got into this mess.

      2. I agree, we ought to be able to learn from our mistakes. Children do, after all. But we have a great capacity for denying that ‘history’ has anything to do with is. We weren’t born then, etc etc. It’s the argument I hear about electing a (post) fascist pm in Italy, the country that invented fascism. Not very much time has to pass before what was monstrous becomes acceptable, because, that was then.

    1. I’m glad you recognised the exam paper. I know what you mean. My youngest has just finished a degree in political science and has thrown in the towel. She wanted to get into politics and change the world, but her course mates are mostly prepared to work for whoever will hire them, regardless of political party. They have no ideals and no values. It’s depressing.

    1. I doubt it. I’m sure the earth will keep on turning and there will be a privileged group left, with enough underlings to make sure they’re comfortable, but it will be a sterile place with no wildlife and no forests.

  1. The contrast is too wide for comment. There’s a cruelty and aggressiveness in the inhuman orders, and human besottal upon good and evil doesn’t only produce one result. Even Hitler loved dogs, and I crush bugs underfoot walking and singing praises to the world.

    1. By the inhuman orders do you mean the animal world? I think to describe anything they do as cruel would be anthropomorphism as it implies an intention to do harm for pleasure, and I don’t think there’s evidence that animals do that.
      No, our morality pushes us in different directions depending on which club we subscribe to. But all of them punish those who infringe the rules, and somehow, the very rich and the very powerful always seem to be absolved.

      1. If we are animals then animals share circuitry. I did mean non-human. If survival is first than every living entity is hopping a ride. That’s not anthropomorphism, that’s biology. But you’re right, the rich and powerful live like they don’t require the earth. Hah.

      2. We are animals, I agree, but we’re the only species that perverts others for our amusement. Dogs are no longer dogs, but things we have created to obey any command, even to rip out their brothers’ throats, all domestic animals, zoo and circus prisoners. We go above and beyond the call of duty. The rich are in a class of their own.

  2. I love the challenge here Jane, and the direct-to-the-pointness.
    โ€œYou may begin.
    You have very little time.โ€
    These two lines stir the mind, brining into focus the gist of your write โ€” love it my friend! ๐Ÿ™‚โœŒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜•

    1. Thanks Rob. I was thinking of exam papers when we had to wait for the adjudicator to tell us it was time to turn over the paper and read the questions. Then they would tell us how long we’d got. It seems academic now. We’ve already blown it.

    1. I think it’s part of humanity. There’s something broken in us. I don’t believe that we are ‘superior’. We’ve made a train crash out of running the planet. My dogs would have made a better job of it.

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