I doubt that is THE reason. Dogs are also good at protecting property, implying social or economic status (why else would some people refuse to have a mutt and insist only on a pure breed?), there are even some people who use dogs as a tool to meet other people, especially the opposite sex, then there are the seeing eye dogs, etc... need I go on. So yeah I don't see any reason as THE reason. Dogs are really just an example of things people cling to for whatever reason. You can replace the use of dogs in this thread with hobbies, security blankets, imaginary friends, gadgets and toys. good point. so maybe those who have phds and such but can't communicate properly, like reading what people say rather than inventing hidden meaning, are not really as intelligent as they think they are. yet I have recently seen you threaten to ban people who disagree with you. Sure if you say so. Yeah I know what you mean, I am the same way towards anyone that doesn't like spaghetti. There is obviously something fundamentally wrong with someone's personality if they don't like spaghetti. I didn't say that all people are like that. I expressed an opinion. I did not declare my view as a fact. I also don't see having loads of friends and screwing indiscriminately as evidence that a person is not lonely. I know a sex addict that is the life of the party and everyone adores him, but he has told me many times that he is lonely. Celebrities often claim to be lonely while surrounded by people that agree with and even worship them. But most people don't have that kind of charisma. I believe they are rare. Otherwise, someone so charismatic wouldn't stand out in a crowd. I believe the majority of us envies the charismatic because they are validated constantly and we can only hope to be loved and accepted unquestioningly as the celebrity. Maybe it's different or maybe your perspective has changed. Time and experience can mature a perspective, and change in lifestyle can as well. Some people back then were high all the time, now they aren't and they can see the world a bit more clearly than they could through their purple haze. Not caring what other people think, does not automatically mean you ignore what they think. You just keep their opinions in proper perspective as I said in another post. If they are speaking on fact, their words obviously carry more weight, assuming their facts are not in error. But when there is discussion of subjective opinions, then no one opinion is any more wrong than another. I can decide for myself which has merit and which has merit enough to affect my opinion. I can also choose to ignore it completely, and it will not matter because opinions are like assholes....There are no altruistic opinions. In any case, my position is stated, I have no desire to debate something that is pure conjecture. It always turns into "i know you are but what am I?" contests and its just too juvenile. I have been baited into hostility in another thread already. I won't give in to it in this one.