It is a ranch site where the lady has many animals she clearly loves and takes care of in the best possible way. Her whole blog really is about the personality of those animals-- 2 burros, 1 horse, 1 pot-bellied pig, 3 chickens (and was another horse and goat which died after I began reading the site); plus 3 house cats, 1 dog and 1 black barn cat.
Now that barn cat had a personality that made him absolutely a favorite to read about but all along I worried because her little ranch is on the edge of wilderness in New Mexico and coyote packs also live there. The burros chase the coyotes off and once before did so before the coyotes could get the cat which their person captured in a photo sequence, but I knew the way this works and sometime that cat was going be out there and get got. It's the way of nature. I hate getting attached to my own animals, when I face their loss, let alone reading about someone else's and then feeling bad when they die; but I kept reading. And then...
Yep, cat has been gone for a few days; and although I know it's possible it will return, it is also possible it was killed when out hunting beyond the safety of the immediate barns and fences. It was free. It could go where it would. If she had kept it in the house, like her other three cats, at least at night, it might still be alive although maybe not. The thing was that cat wanted to be outside. It wanted to be free. Its personality would not have been the same if it was trapped inside for 'safety.'
And that's what led to my own thoughts on what is happening in our culture and really in all cultures as they progress through stages. IF you demand safety, security, want all problems taken care of for you, avoid all risks, you might live a longer life but will you care?
Some blame this all on the government (the ultimate boogie man for right and left) but government is a tool of the people unless it reaches dictatorship levels (something all people should watch out for no matter which faction is in power). Government does what people ask it to do and so it monitors this or that. It guarantees its value to citizens by offering programs to fix problems and then along with that come the regulations.
Is it better to have a long life lived totally safely or better to recognize freedom has value also when assessing quality of living? How much freedom can we have in a culture that has increasing numbers of people living in ever tighter circles? Some admire Singapore for the orderliness of their lives, well that comes at a price of freedom.
This country gave up a lot of freedoms after 9/11 supposedly to keep ourselves safer. Airplanes became hassles to ride with taking off our shoes, going through many and sometimes random security checks. This all even though the first attacks happened because there weren't secure cockpit doors.
We gave up the right to a speedy trial if we were accused of being a terrorist on the government's say-so. (Guess we figured we'd never be accused of that one and didn't care if the other guy was.) We accepted that some people might be tortured to secure our safety. We ran into more border restrictions (like having to have a passport to go to Canada and get back) and we accepted it all for 'security'.
We do this with all kinds of things, what kind of food we can buy, where our driveways can go, how fast we can drive, where we can build a house, what medicines we can take, helmets on a motorcycle, the list goes on and on with licenses and permits. All to keep us safer and, of course, pay for those regulations.
Some of this is what people are now rebelling against. With this concern for safety and protection, none of the people who originally settled this nation nor the ones who went west to make new homes, none of that would have happened because it definitely wasn't safe.
When did safety become the main thing? Government does sell us on its importance as it makes itself bigger and bigger to deliver that security, some that our neighbor wanted, some maybe we wanted but we didn't know how far it would go.
Don't bother telling me this is the fault of Democrats. Republicans would limit who can get married to who, birth control, what form of sex you can have, what you can watch for entertainment, suicide for the dying, etc. Both parties are into this game but just for different things. Yes, Republicans would take away financial and banking regulations, but then who does that benefit? See the thing is we count on government to do some things like say food inspection before something can be in our grocery stores, don't we? Do we trust the store or processor to do that without knowing government has regulations and oversight?
Where does it stop being a benefit though and instead is handicapping us? I see the value in certain things that only government can do and recognize that when we live closer together, we cannot live as when we are more spread out. Still it seems to me that government does have a way of reaching strangulation proportions if it isn't watched. There is an old saying that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Now that cat might come back yet. But if he was killed, it was while doing what he wanted to do. His owner, who obviously cared for him a lot gave him that gift. He was free. But freedom isn't without cost.