Pavlov’s Dog

An excerpt from Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert:

“The Indians around here tell a cautionary fable about a great saint who was always surrounded in his Ashram by loyal devotees. For hours a day, the saint and his followers would meditate on God. The only problem was that the saint had a young cat, an annoying creature, who used to walk through the temple meowing and purring and bothering everyone during meditation. So the saint, in all his practical wisdom, commanded that the cat be tied to a pole outside for a few hours a day, only during meditation, so as to not disturb anyone. This became a habit – tying the cat to the pole and then meditating on God – but as years passed, the habit hardened into religious ritual. Nobody could meditate unless the cat was tied to the pole first. Then one day the cat died. The saint’s followers were panic-stricken. It was a major religious crisis – how could they meditate now, without a cat to tie to a pole? How would they reach God? In their minds, the cat had become the means.”

Is this what is going to happen with cell phones and pooping?

Asking for a friend.



3 Comments on Pavlov’s Dog

  1. Kate Glynn
    September 11, 2015 at 9:56 am (9 years ago)

    Kindle is the new Sears Catalog.

    • Joanna
      September 11, 2015 at 2:49 pm (9 years ago)

      Hahahahaha. That made me laugh out loud for real.

  2. Camille
    September 28, 2015 at 9:34 pm (9 years ago)

    I hear people texting in the stalls next to me ALL THE TIME..YUCK!


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