Then in a sense it's still a form of pleasure... But what you're saying matches up with what Kevin had said in the video, although you summed it up quite nicely in regards to horses. We choose to be with animals because it draws us away from the constant existence that humans believe they need to fulfill. In regards to what you said earlier (in the 5th "paragraph"), since that is true then it would make sense that we simply forced them into companionship rather than discovering that we get along in some way; originally for survival, but now to simply fulfill wants or desires. In other words we've evolved to love them because we want to be with them rather than the fact that we believe we have to be with them. But you already knew that.I think it's interesting to think about. And I understand that some people don't like analysing or pilosophising about things and that's fine, but many people do. I personally try to find the core reasons why I do things the way I do or the way society does as much as possible. I've spent my life in search of whys.
With dogs I believe the pointing is somethings we've bred in along with a lot of other traits. The dog we have now is a far cry from the animals we originally domesticated. I remember reading about the domestification of foxes and after only three generations bred in captivity the offspring were developing very human desires be traits like larger eyes, floppy ears etc.
sometimes I think maybe the reason we reach out to dogs so much these days is because of changing families. Back 100 years or so ago, or even a bit more families were larger. They lived closer to their cousins and aunts and grandparents. People lived in these family groups that allowed for them to be loved and to love others, children etc. since we have become more divided we still look for the consistant relationships around us and I think pets fulfil that. They're always there, always engaged.
I guess dogs as pets have been kept for many years though but again the classes of people who kept lapdogs were likely also somewhat removed from their everyday family.
I think one of the main differences between dogs and horses is that with dogs we expect them to learn our language. We be ourselves with them and they adapt. With horses it's the opposite. We learn their language and ways to communicate with them and use it. It's is changing.
As far as what horses mean to us, well I don't think it's just a simple pleasure response. I think horses are evocative of history and tradition. Compared with a fast, immediate pleasure based technological society horses are the opposite. They're out of the cities in the open nature. They are slaves to seasons and weather and foods. Progress is always slow compared to the pace we live. Everything we do is planned and there is lots of learning. There is a sense of freedom, of ability to move outside of how things are now. A quiet.
Horses are very different to us now as they were in the past. Perhaps a lot of people who were interested in horses throughout history were like car enthusiasts. Horses were the fast, exciting way to move around. They showed status and gave a certain amount of power and freedom. Lots of people like that but these days there are easier ways to find it.
When I go to the horse it's like stepping out of life. They are the same as when I got into it almost 20 years ago. I like that.
Although I do believe that horses can still fulfill a status. I mean, it doesn't automatically equal that, like it did back then. But I believe in some area's and depending on the breed of horse, how wealthy you are, and where your horse lives it can mean something. I can't see any other reason why those girls (obviously not all girls, but I think you get the type I'm referring to) from Wellington, Florida own a horse...