Humans often make things more complicated than they need to be. Because of the big brain you were given with the ability to be analytical, you often think things to death.
For a canine it can be exhausting watching you, especially when you are in groups. You talk about a topic until it doesn’t have any life left to it, when the answer was simple and right in front of you. Let me give you an example; the Labrador part of me loves to search for and eat almost anything. When I want a snack, I will use my nose to sniff out food, then either try to beg for it from a human or steal it from the trash. Simple.
Humans on the other hand will decide what they want and then think about how many calories it contains, read the labels to see what’s in it, discuss if it is healthy, if it is organic or not, how long they will have to exercise to burn off the calories, and on and on. The joy in eating it is all gone before you even take one bite.
Now I’m not saying these questions aren’t important, but for goodness sake, life is short, how much time do you want to spend thinking about all these things and missing out on the pleasure?
Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, would say that the ego tries to keep us in check. Doc thinks the ego can get in the way. Ego causes us to hang on to our beliefs for dear life, even when we’re wrong, digging in like the preservation of world order depends on it.
In the end, it’s good to have opinions and good to discuss them, but lets learn to cooperate and move on. Like one of Doc’s professors use to tell her when she was working on her dissertation, ” make it simple.” Because sometimes… a cigar is just a cigar.