Dean Ray Koontz was born on July 9, 1945. Dean’s an American author of horror, science fiction, fantasy and suspense novels. I was introduced to Dean’s Odd Thomas series and have also read a few other of his books.
While Dean’s quote mentions treating dogs with kindness and I’m not saying he wants people to treat other things mean but I wanted to include treating cats and animals, especially if they’re your pets but even if you’re a farmer who raises your animals just for slaughter there’s an amount of decency one can treat an animal. You do not have to be cruel to animals, don’t abuse them, don’t choke them, don’t beat them, light them on fire or do any other thing that is considered abuse.
I’m not saying all farmers or hunters are cruel, I just want to spread the message of kindness towards animals because no one should have to go through what I did with Luna and Dexter. Having them murdered has not made me a vegetarian but it has opened my eyes to any slight kind of cruelty towards animals. For instance today I got upset by a video off Facebook that in it they were protesting Black Lives Matter and the man in the video took the woman’s dog by the leash and was pulling on the leash so hard it lifted it off the ground. I had to look away because I immediately started thinking about what Holt said he did to Dexter by beating and strangling him until he died. No fucking one should ever go through that and if you’re protesting I don’t think you should be showing the fucking world that you apparently hate dogs.
We should not judge people based on their appearance if they’re beautiful or ugly, fat or skinny, disabled or not. We also need to look past the outward appearance to see the person because not all things can be seen without talking to someone. Mental illness has been shunned for many years as something to hide but I have post traumatic stress disorder and anxiety with a long trauma history. I’m very open about the things that I struggle with because that is how we help one another. Nobody is perfect, we all have our flaws and we shouldn’t be judged by an illness you cannot see.
I also believe that people have a good side and bad side. I try to stay connected to the side that shows love, friendship, generosity, kindness, faith, hope and joy. It helps me to be in touch with those parts of me so I feel better about myself. I try to treat people with kindness and respect and how I want to be treated. As angry as I get or as hurt that I’ve been I try to figure out how to deal with those things that happened. I read, I do therapy, DBT, meditation and other things to re-balance how I was wronged and try to help others who may be going through the same things.