I have been told by teachers of Christianity, that Man has dominion over all animals, a notion which I dispute because we are mere arrivistes in the animal kingdom. But, they have also told me, we are not animals.
Really? I respond. Don't you have all the attributes of animals? Don't you eat and shit? You don't copulate or have independent movement? If you're not animal, then you must be a vegetable. Or maybe you're cold-hearted. Or stoned.
Our Kid will be a teenager as of Friday and has recently adopted a female street cat which he's named - erm - Cat. (Yonks ago, the mother of Son No.1 and I called our cat Mouse, but that's another story.)
Cat is in heat and there have been two suitors for her rear end. The winner has been a big grey tom who, we've observed, is the best endowed. 'Er Indoors commented that the cats behave just like humans, whereas I used the opportunity to point out that teenagers are inquisitive about sexual matters and that Our Kid has probably learnt much more than we could, or wish to, impart about our animal instincts.
Events in the just concluded Golkar conference have been remarkably similar to those in Jakartass Towers - both were cat fights with the bigger buggers strutting their stuff and grabbing the spoils.