Boxes Explained

This morning Bugs finally deigned to enlighten us — dear Readers, we who are his acolytes — as to what is the thing with cats and boxes.

Recall this question was stimulated by the pods in which my birthday presents arrived the other day.  Our friend Austin over at CATachresis brought this matter to a head.

Bugs explains, Barney demonstrates.

I get in the box.  Fullness.

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I get out of the box.  Emptiness.


This conundrum is expostulated-on by the allegorical figure “Dialectic.”

Costume of the allegorical figure "Dialec...

Philosophers are born, not made.

Our friend minlit, over at Confessions Of A Cat Woman, knows this well.


About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
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15 Responses to Boxes Explained

  1. And so it is with every cat I have ever known. Thanks for the explanation and demonstrations 🙂

  2. Thanks for the explanation. As I’m reading this, my three cats are sleeping in boxes. The boxes were from art supply deliveries and we have not been able to throw them out. So what if our apartment is beginning to look like a warehouse. The cats are happy and that is all that really matters!

  3. Mom minored in Philosophy in college so I guess she was born that way. Love, Cody

  4. CATachresis says:

    Ah! The old Hegelian thinking outside the box thingy. You can certainly trust cats to box clever. Ain’t nothing synthetic about that 😉

  5. Zen and the art of Barney. In the fullness of the box, Barney is empty.

  6. lauowolf says:

    Protean cat fills all corners.

  7. Nature (and Cats, too) abhor a vacuum.

  8. Sparkle says:

    Humans strive for emptiness… which only shows they are going about it the wrong way!

  9. The box does not remain empty for long, however. We bet another cat is always quick to take your place. That’s how it is around here. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

  10. Mr Puddy says:

    I love your Zen’s Style ; )
    PURRFECT !!!

  11. Melanie says:

    I’m back, and missed your blog posts! Charlotte would definitely agree with this philosophical lesson, she LOVES her boxes.

  12. Basil says:

    Wow that’s deep, being a dog I just don’t get it!

  13. Dianda says:

    “If it fits, I sits!” – Suki. 😉

  14. Gizmo says:

    “I purr therefor I am”

  15. Thank you for your kind words on our loss of Eric. The many comments have been a great comfort to us.

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