Hillary the Human: Why are people mean?

Dear Paws to Talk,

Lately, through work and other aspects of life I have been surrounded by people who are not good. They seem to only care about their own interests and have no consideration for others. Also, some of them tell lies without hesitation.

I can’t understand why certain people act this way. Don’t they feel guilty about how they behave? Can they actually sleep at night?  Why are people mean?

-Hillary the Human

Howl Hillary,

We know some animals like this so the problem isn’t just with humans (for once). This is a good question that we don’t have a perfect answer to.

However, if the three of us figure it out maybe we can fix this lack of world peace problem everyone always barks about. There are probably a lot of treats involved for creating world peace.

Anyways, we digress. It must be so disheartening to be around careless humans. You have to remember that the world is full of beings that come from all different experiences.

Some might have not gotten enough play time growing up? Others might have always been the bully of their litter? Maybe their parents didn’t give them enough hugs? It is hard to know exactly what makes someone act a certain way.

Although, we believe most mean behavior is a defense mechanism. For example,  when our humans give us ear medicine, we tend to behave like monsters. We don’t want to feel the pain of the drops trickling down our irritated ear canals so we show our teeth.

It is unlikely that you are going to change a mean human into a caring and sensitive one. We suggest spending your time being less angry at the horrible actions of others and more time reflecting on what is good in your life.

The world is full of unsavory characters. Just choose to focus your attention on the ones who haven’t gone rotten.


Bella and DiDi
















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