“But what am I without those who understand me?”
What would happen if animals were given human consciousness? This is a question posed by the god Hermes to Apollo. Apollo believes that they would be even more unhappy than humans, while Hermes believes that they would die happier.
– I wonder, said Hermes, what it would be like if animals had human intelligence.
– I wonder if they’d be as unhappy as humans, Apollo answered.
– Some humans are unhappy; others aren’t. Their intelligence is a difficult gift.
– I’ll wager a year’s servitude, said Apollo, that animals – any animal you choose – would be even more unhappy than humans are, if they had human intelligence.
So, a wager is set between the two gods, and fifteen dogs at a Toronto veterinary clinic are granted human consciousness. The gods look on as the lives of the dogs unfold with their new-found abilities. There are those who embrace the new way of thinking and those who feel they’ve lost their way. Continue reading “Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis”