The one thing we have learned from living our lives with and alongside Bali Street Dogs, maybe the only thing we have taken notice of in regard to their teachings, is to mind your own business. As supposedly intelligent and highly evolved as we like to regard ourselves to be, we have this egotistical developmental flaw that still see’s us sticking our limited range of senses into everything and everybody else’s business.
Bali Street Dogs don’t do that, probably because they are just too damn busy, just trying to survive in what has become a human dominated jungle, a brutal reality were narcissism in its most malignant manifestation has reached epidemic proportions, a new age religion for the masses.
With a Bali Street Dog you see what you get and you get what you see, if you look closely enough.
There are those who purport to see and arrogantly know what is best about all things, but if you scrape and dare to dig a bit deeper, a much clearer and disturbing truth will emerge from the depths of layered faces, a mass of distraction covering the truth of human hubris and fake performance. There are those who have the best interests of Bali Street Dogs up and at you and they are genuine. They are usually those financially limited beings who really do suffer the daily reality and worrying unease about the plight of a fellow sentient being, those who are at risk of ruin, mind and emotionally wise, not to mention money wise. However there are those who regard their Mother Theresa efforts as nothing more than self serving, a performance of cloaked philanthropy sold to an unsuspecting and foolishly gullible gaggle who swallow the act in bucketfuls.
You live and you learn, sometimes. What we have learned from Bali Street Dogs and what can be imparted is fairly simple really.
Mind your own business, have respect for yourself and do no harm. At the very human risk of applying anthropomorphism to the teaching of Bali Street Dogs, maybe just maybe they are furry Buddhists in disguise and maybe just maybe we can be so very thankful they are not simian by nature.
To those who are struggling to uphold the welfare of all ‘lower’ sentient beings, all that can be said is that your genuine efforts are being directed outwardly and not in a mindset of doing it simply, to make yourself feel better.