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Being self aware is the gift we are given to separate man from monkey. Although monkeys are able to see themselves they spend very little money on high priced bags and monkey plastic surgery. So really dogs are a better example of an animal that is not self aware and neurotic like humans can be. A small dog has such an ego that he thinks he can battle a doberman. My dog Bella is an 8 pound mini dachshund. She barks and barks and barks and growls at her foes. She vibrates with a rage that makes her practically lift off the ground. At some point she turns on me. I am 5’7 with strong hands and I could crush her like a loaf of soft bread if I wished. My technique is to bark back. I yell “STOP!” at the top of my lungs and I see her little eyes well up with tears as she realizes she is not the biggest dog. She is for a brief moment self aware. It lasts about 30 seconds. Then a mailman walks by and she loses her shit.

Full circle.

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