Imagine that you hear that some aliens are interested in taking humans back to their home planet. Being the gregarious, adventurous type, you put yourself in the running to be one of those chosen. The aliens come to see you. Because of your enthusiasm, your intelligence, and your friendliness, you are chosen to go. You are so excited, but also a little nervous.
When you get to your new planet, you are placed with a family to live in their home. Right away, there are problems, because you can’t understand a word they are saying. However, you like the attention they give you. They give you massages, and play with you, and talk to you in a way that denotes affection.
However, when they don’t have time for you, they just leave you alone to do what you please. You can’t understand the way their home works. All of the furniture makes no sense to you. When you get on something that looks like a good place to lie down, they scream at you “Zork! Zork!” And chase you away. When you find what looks like a toilet, and use it, the screaming happens, again. And, this time, one of them grabs you, and shoves your nose into your bodily wastes. How gross!
Over and over again, as soon as you start to do something that is naturally human, you hear it again; “Zork! Zork!” They run at you and grab you, yelling at you in their strange language, as if they think that you know what they are saying. They point at things, or hold things in front of you when they are yelling; things that you have touched and played with. Sometimes, they even hit you with something that is kind of soft, but it still hurts.
You keep trying to figure out what the rules are, and you are doing your best to understand what they are saying to you, but their language is so foreign to you, and their behavior is so inconsistent towards you, that you are never really sure whether you understand what they are saying. One thing you do understand, though, is that you can’t go anywhere unless they take you with them, and then sometimes you can’t go into places with them, and you have to wait for them outside.
Still, you have those wonderful times when they give you lots of attention, and get you all emotionally aroused, and everything seems great. Or, they take you somewhere to play, and everyone has a really great time. However, those times never last. Inevitably, you inadvertently do something that makes them mad, and they punish you, again.
This goes on for a while, until you start reacting to them with fear. You start feeling that you need to defend yourself. You are not really an aggressive person, but you are so confused, because you never know whether they are going to give you all that attention that you like, or find fault with you, so you are no longer always act happy to see them. More and more, you find that the fault finding is the case, until they start giving you less and less attention. Being bored and lonely, you start doing things just to get their attention, even if it’s negative attention.
Then one day, they take you to a place where you are locked in a cage. You never see them again. Occasionally, other aliens come to give you attention, but mostly you are just alone in your cage. Finally, you are taken from your cage, and given something that makes you feel sleepy. Only you don’t go to sleep. Your life has just ended.
Now, imagine that you are a puppy, and that the aliens are humans.
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