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Since I just can’t be deadly serious all the time, here’s some frivolous amusement to break the monotony.

Often, the funniest stuff is the truest, I find, like this cartoon at right that I ran across on social media the other day. In my experience, there is no more self-absorbed, narcissistic creature on earth than a cat (except for maybe the Kardashians).

But felines are also among the most charming creatures because what pampers them — petting, treats, sitting on warm laps, chin scratches, licking their noses, etc. — also beguiles us human beings. Of course, that’s somewhat offset by constantly having to sift chunks of scat out of their litter boxes, but not much.

One thing is certain, however: cats very much seem to believe they totally deserve all the adoration they get — and that reciprocity, on their part anyway, is vastly optional. And, as the cartoon posits, it’s unlikely in the extreme that cats, even if they could, would ever be able to organize a religion.

I mean, it would be like herding cats, right?

For proof of cats’ inherent divinity, here’s a bit from a website amusingly named The League of Extraordinary Atheists for Humanism:

A German Shepherd, a Doberman and a cat have died.

All three are faced with God, who wants to know what they believe in.

The German Shepherd says, “I believe in discipline, training and loyalty to my master.”

“Good,” says God, “then sit down on my right side.”

The Doberman says, “I believe in love, care and protection of my master.”

“Aha!” exclaims God, “you many sit on my left.”

When God asks the cat what he believes in, he starts cleaning his face and, absent-mindedly, replies, “I believe you’re sitting in my seat.”

Image from “3,001 Arabian Days” — Son of an Arabian American Oil Co. (Aramco) employee learns to ride a camel in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 1955. (Photo courtesy Saudi Aramco)

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FYI, my new memoir — 3,001 Arabian Days — is now available in paperback and ebook formats on Amazon, here. It’s the story of growing up in an American oil camp in the Saudi Arabian desert from 1953-1962.

Reader review:

“Author Snedeker’s wit and insights illuminate the book’s easy narrative. His journalistic style faithfully recreates the people, places and events, and keeps the story crisp and moving from one chapter to the next. More than a coming of age story, 3,001 Arabian Days is a moving tribute to the intricacies of family, a celebration of Saudi Arabian culture, and a glimpse into a time gone by, but whose shadowy specter you can still almost reach out and touch.” — Mark Kennedy

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Rick Snedeker

Rick Snedeker is a retired American journalist/editor who now writes in various media and pens nonfiction books. He has received nine past top South Dakota state awards for newspaper column, editorial,...