Roza and Margarita Riaikkenen's
NO CAT – NO PROBLEM
By Roza Riaikkenen
Published in Pasupati magazine c.2002
Our family moved into a bigger and more comfortable house. Everyone felt happy and secure except our little playful cat Basya. It appeared that our new neighbours also had a cat, named Debbie, and this cat got used to consider our front and back yard to be her territory. Even the appearance of Debbie was frightening: almost twice as big as our Basya, with flocks of red and black fur sticking out in all directions from her sides and face. Debbie’s manners were in harmony with her appearance, and she was desperate to protect her territory by any means. From the first day, she couldn’t stand Basya: she made her run all over the yard, she jumped on our window to reach Basya even from behind the window – the window was covered with her saliva. Eventually, she bit Basya so severely that it was difficult for the vet to save her life.
Our cat was distressed, and we realised we got a problem! When we asked one of our friends for advice, she told us: “Poison the neighbour’s cat! No cat – no problem!”
Oh yeah, this was a customary way of solving problems. Debbie was stronger than Basya, but we people could use our power over Debbie. How simple! You need only power, no love or wisdom is necessary to solve your problem! This strategy, if changed to: “No enemy – no problem!” has been adopted and put into action by people of our civilization long ago.
People from different countries and religions try to eliminate their problems by either pushing their unwanted “enemies” away or simply murdering them. By acting in such a way, they attract similar efforts from their “enemies” because “similar attracts similar” – this is the law of Nature. In fact, they become counterparts with their enemies: they do the same job with means and tools at their disposal, and they experience the same type of understanding that we now symbolically call: “No cat – no problem!”
Can we really solve our problems within this understanding, or we will only come to an endless “vendetta” with unpredictable consequences? We asked ourselves: “Are we really ready to hurt other beings for our comfort, and would be comfortable, if other people adopted our strategy?” If not, then we should reject this strategy for ourselves and try to find a different way of solving our problems.
We understood that we had received not only a problem with cats, but also a lesson related to the human society. If we are incapable of solving our local problem without bloodshed, then there is no hope for the whole world!
We decided to try to give the world its chance, though at a glance the situation seemed to be absolutely hopeless… Eventually, with our neighbours, we made a timetable for the cats, when they would be allowed to walk outside. We tried to prevent them meeting till both of them got used to their new conditions. Sometimes they would break our timetable – they are only cats! – but the hope remains that love and wisdom will prevail over the blind power of hatred and the world will eventually receive its chance!