Temple of the Dog: Western Culture’s Treasured Mascot

The dog watched over us in the caves while we slept at night, somewhere around 15,000 years ago. SEAL Team 6 had one with them on the Bin Laden raid and are used to take out terrorists. K-9 units are typically the class of the Police Department. When there is no one else to hang out with, they are unconditionally at our sides and on the couch. They strive for the simple things in life and we should be proud of what they stand for in Western Culture today.
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There are plenty of ways to demonstrate what makes Western Culture distinctly better than the rest of the world.

Our history, our sophisticated economic systems, our music and/or our behavioral interactions towards one another are surely paramount but the unique relationship between Man and dog stands out from the rest. There are other animals but none of them withhold the same mutual relationship with humans as counterparts. This is especially true for the West, which shows how far we’ve come since the dawn of time and where our culture stands today with these loyal creatures.

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“You know, this almost makes the whole war worth it”

 

In some of the most down-trodden countries in the world, there are dogs wherever you turn but not like you’d think.

They are basically another species of feral pests, akin to the pigeon or common rat. In Iraq and Afghanistan, they’re just another animal that moves aimlessly along in packs and forages for scraps of food in landfills. The same goes for most of the Middle East and in Central Asia. While that part of the world attempts to quixotically prove that women’s boobs are causing earthquakes, we’re trying to tweak our everyday lives and enrich it to its full capacity for the time we spend here on Earth. The difference here is where we focus our energy and determine what’s important.

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Vigilance is a key trait of the dog.

The dog watched over us in the caves while we slept at night, somewhere around 15,000 years ago. SEAL Team 6 had one with them on the Bin Laden raid and are used to take out terrorists. K-9 units are typically the class of the Police Department. When there is no one else to hang out with, they are unconditionally at our sides and on the couch. They strive for the simple things in life and we should be proud of what they stand for in Western Culture today.

Don’t believe me?

Look at the stark contrast between how the West sees the dog and how Eastern Cultures view them in almost completely diametric opposition. At the very worst of examples that can be found, Koranic Scholars sees the dog as a filthy and dangerous species that’s not allowed (haram) anywhere near the household. At their very best, they’re served as the main course during a festival in China every year. Basically, it’s either a degenerate, nocturnal predator that poaches Muslim babies from the tent when Mohammed isn’t looking or it’s a meal. 

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Look at this guy, defending justice and democracy.

Meanwhile, in the United States and in most parts of the West, our dogs greet us with overly ecstatic emotions.

Yes, dogs do not possess the concept of time but we’ve also taken the lead on breeding these animals to work in concert with how our lives operate in the modern age. Cars were developed with specific engineering mechanisms in mind to run faster and burn less fuel, while at the same time dogs were crafted to meet our needs for what life hands us. The spirit of entrepreneurialism and societal progress in the West is similarly benchmarked with the volume of available breeds of dogs at our choosing.

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Not all breeds are created equal.

So while the world propels itself further into the chaos, what is it that preserves our relationship with the Canis familiaris? Maybe, the white, liberal guilt that’s been layered on our collective psyche might point out the fact that we live in very comfortable households and we can simply afford pets while the poor world suffers. True to some extent, but this same Virtue Signalling crowd misses the mark on explaining the bountiful excess genuine kindness and concern the West has to offer. It’s been that way for a long time now.  We have so much that it spills over and pours out onto our dogs that softens the strident dynamics in our homes.

 

If you don’t already have a dog in your house…

I challenge you to think about owning one of these great beasts and see for yourself why they stand for something greater than some ornament representation. See them for how far we’ve come along since the first mangy mutt wandered into a village looking for a meal and a home to guard.

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Born in Indiana but was raised in Connecticut and Virginia. Joined the United States Marine Corps in 2001 and spent 8 years visiting exotic places, meeting strange people and always having a plan to kill everyone he met along the way. Has (4) tours of combat under his belt, both in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now has a much calmer lifestyle with his wife, Cristina. Enjoys powerlifting, drinking whiskey, shooting guns in the (still) free state of Virginia and making liberals lose their fucking minds. You can reach him at @mattycakes0231 on Twitter.
  • RJ_Payne

    Excellent observation!

  • Havin Nunavit

    I like this article. I have always had a dog and always will. German dogs. I’ve had a couple of German Shorthairs and I’m on my second Doberman. The terrible thing with dogs is they always leave us too soon.

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