On a stoned hike, I saw a lady walking her dog, and the dog was busy sniffing at everything in sight, completely immersed in the present moment, and I thought, “That dog is lucky he knows nothing about global warming and could never understand it, much less worry about it.”
But then I realized that from a universal standpoint – say, a god’s-eye-view – there really isn’t too much evolutionary distance between me and the dog. Our DNA is probably about 90% similar, or more.
Who knows what a truly higher intelligence might perceive, looking at ME?
So maybe, instead of envying the dog, I could be grateful for all the things I can’t possibly conceive to worry about.