Friday, April 30, 2010
The Cat Whisperer
During break in my English class, my new-age, humanist friend, Monica, told me an interesting story.
Monica has a friend, who, allegedly communicates with animals. While on one of her global travels, this friend paused at a Buddhist temple for a time of rest and reflection. A cat passed by, and the friend proceeded to make conversation with it (telepathically, of course):
"How are you today?"
"Quite well, thank you" replied the cat.
"Have you caught any mice today?"
"Oh dear, no. I'm a vegetarian."
"A vegetarian? But you're a cat!"
"It is against the laws of Buddha to eat meat. I am a vegetarian because I live in this Buddhist temple. We don't eat mice here."
"Oh, excuse me! Your abstinence is commendable. You are an inspiration to me!"
The cat bowed deeply and silently strode off among the grand stone pillars, never to be seen again.
I listened in fascinated incredulity at Monica's story. She was wide-eyed and passionate, obviously excited at the admirable conviction of this most-holy cat.
It was so hard not to giggle.