We love our dogs. Your dog is likely your “close” friend. There are those who abuse their dogs – but even at that, Spot will retreat to a corner waiting for his master’s summoning call – whether that’ll be a welcoming hand or another hard kick. That dog is your friend.

I thought of this as I was on my morning bike ride and saw this yard sign:

Watching the current climate of the U.S. and the dysfunction that’s reigning, it’s pretty easy to conclude that governance is out of control. And, of course, governance = humans.

But this sign is not just about those in power. This sign is a blanket indictment of humans in general.

As a practitioner who helps people recover from troubling emotions and trauma, I find the declaration that “humans suck” may be an attitude adopted by people who are having a hard time navigating the behaviors of others.

As we know, unlike people, dogs don’t talk back. That’s why “people” relationships are tricky – because people do talk back… and often it’s not what we want to hear.

Watching the current climate of the U.S. and the dysfunction that’s reigning, it’s pretty easy to conclude that governance is out of control. And, of course, governance = humans.

But this sign is not just about those in power. This sign is a blanket indictment of humans in general.

As a practitioner who helps people recover from troubling emotions and trauma, I find the declaration that “humans suck” may be an attitude adopted by people who are having a hard time navigating the behaviors of others.

As we know, unlike people, dogs don’t talk back. That’s why “people” relationships are tricky – because people do talk back… and often it’s not what we want to hear.