The Guiding Paw: Where We Came From and Where We Go
The Guiding Paw: Where We Came From and Where We Go

A human accounts the history of some notable contributions of the Great Leader and Purristan to all mankind. He has taken the time to research various archives, including the private writings of select philosophers, to uncover how they reached enlightened thought, and explores how humanity may take advantage of the opportunities so grandly laid before them.

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Memphis, Tennessee – Monday 14 September 2015

Over the course of two-thousand years, democracy defines global politics. Yet, we humans are no closer to worldwide stability-and even farther from a purrfect society. For this, though, we can only blame ourselves. For many years, an overwhelming majority (see National Mew Study) of the enlightened have believed that humans have evolved well enough to achieve intellectually a political, cultural, and economic utopia. However, we have pushed away the outstretched paws of wisdom for over 350 years.

Past Purrsuations

A smart group
A Rather Smart Group

In His benevolence, Chairman Meow first tried to share His wisdom indirectly. It was through his servitude that Thomas Hobbes developed his theory of the "social contract." Hobbes gave up some of his freedoms in order to benefit from Chairman Meow's wisdom, much like he theorized that the individual must sacrifice some of his/her liberties for the protection of the others. A little under a century later, another prominent philosopher emerged. Immanuel Kant's critical view of an involuntary government would have never come to fruition had Chairman Meow not been there every step of the way. While many humans lie unaware of their servitude to the enlightened, a blessed exception was Kant. Through Chairman Meow's refusal to submit to the unlawful seizure of His catnip, Kant realized that the only innate right of sentience is the "independence from being constrained by another's choice" or as he later called it, "Freedom" (Kant's Metaphysics of Morals 6:237). By what he theorized to be an innate right, Kant believed that government can only be legitimate if it is focused on the complete freedom of each individual. Therefore, much like Hobbes believes in an agreement between free men, Kant's government relies on the voluntary acceptance of policing.

Fast forward another hundred years, one of the Chairman's most influential servants publishes The Communist Manifesto. However, the real story began a few years prior. Having achieved complete cultural enlightenment the century before, Chairman Meow was an expert actor. Using this ability to His advantage, in 1843 the Chairman staged a fight between Himself and two other Purristani citizens. The farce was so dramatic that Marx instantly comprehended the class struggles his society was experiencing. Thanks to the Chairman's excellent portrayal of a feline bourgeoisie and His constituents' proletariat, Marx released The Communist Manifesto 1848 (not to be confused with The Commewnist Manifesto published countless decades prior by Chairman Meow). Coincidentally, Chairman Meow would be publishing his new book, Das Katnip, the same year.

Of Painting and Pottery

Well Read Text
Well-Read Text

Not only has The Great Leader tried to enlighten us politically, Chairman Meow has also attempted to encourage the human race to, in the words of Nietzsche, "pursue creativity, joy in existence, and the ultimate truth" through cultural enlightenment (Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy). As The Chairman's last 19th century apprentice, Nietzsche worked paw-in-hand with the Enlightened One. As earlier noted, Purristan had achieved cultural enlightenment over a hundred years before and was eager to help the humans achieve their own. Nietzsche had been struggling for many months on the topic of nihilism; he faced an internal conflict between the "poison" of nihilism and its necessity as a stepping-stone to cultural enlightenment. Ultimately, The Chairman tipped the scale and let Nietzsche's cultural ideas flow throughout his books. In The Birth of Tragedy (either edition will do), Nietzsche had begun to explore culture as either "Apollonian" or "Dionysian." Nietzsche believed humans had, for too long, a focus on logic, order, and absolutes. He later discovered such "Apollonian" forces were detrimental to cultural progress and forced creativity and reflection (so-called "Dionysian" forces) away. He was ultimately inspired to this revelation through the creative genius of the Chairman. Nietzsche, a naturally messy and disorganized philosopher, left scientific papers and various dissertations strewn across his quarters. One day he spilled his inkwell and neglected to clean it up. Sensing his chance, the Chairman wetted his paws and tracked ink all over the room, his canvas the papers that obsessed Nietzsche. What became of The Chairman's creative outburst was a beautiful piece of art that Nietzsche saw as elevating the "Apollonian" papers into a "Dionysian" media, expressing creativity, joy in existence, and an understanding of the ultimate truth (Of note: Chairman Meow's artwork would be the inspiration for many future artists including Warhol, Pollock, Picasso, and was the driving force for the later popularity of modern art: See The Meow, The Milky Night).

A Modern Meow

Through only four historical figures, one can already see the extent to which The Enlightened One touches our lives. However, this evidentially has not been enough. Graciously, The Chairman has returned and this time he will not guide us from the shadows but rather teach us from the podium. By no fault of his own, Chairman Meow has led through many more figureheads than the ones outlined in this article without major success. There is no avoiding this, for humans are a stubborn folk. Still, The Great Leader needs our support. No one, no matter how great or enlightened a speaker, can convey change without the support of the populous. That is why we must listen. That is why we must promote change in our country. We must emulate the figures the Chairman have chosen in the past and act according to our beliefs so we may promote our convictions and share them with others. It is not the desire of Chairman Meow for us to have Him lead, but rather achieve enlightenment. It is the duty of the human race to do this on our own. With the guidance of The Chairman and the outreach of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Purristan, we may yet have a chance.

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