What do you prefer, dogs or cats? Before you answer, consider the crux of the issue. This debate has been raging since the dawn of the domesticated pet. Countless relationships have been formed based on affinity towards one species over the other and many have ended due to a difference of opinion. To me this demonstrates that being a “dog person” or a “cat person” holds a deeper meaning.
Let us consider for a moment the mannerisms of both animals. Dogs tend to be obedient, subservient, attention-craving, and generally goofy. Cats on the other hand tend to be apathetic, independent, and rather than courting the attention of their owners, it is often the humans that must work for the cats’ attention. How does this relate to human characteristics you ask?
Given that I am grossly oversimplifying the debate here, let us postulate that there are two main and polar visions of God (for the sake of brevity, I will be referring to the Judeo-Christian monotheistic God although I do not subscribe to any particular faith). There is a kind and loving guides his adoring followers’ every decision, savoring every moment of their existence, showering them with love when they deserve it and punishing them when necessary. This God is very actively involved in the lives of its believers and is completely dedicated to them. Alternatively, we have the other God, the initial mover. It created its followers and drops in with guidance from time to time but for the most part, it just lets its believers roam freely. It makes no attempt to control them unless they do something extraordinarily out of line. This God is far too important to be concerned with the trivial routines of its believers; rather, its believers must work independently to achieve success and not count on any sort of divine intervention for they know it is not coming.
My hypothesis is that those who subscribe to the first version of God tend to be “dog people” while those who believe in the latter version tend to be “cat people.” This hypothesis is not however limited to one’s religious views. It is also applicable to fate; those who believe in a set fate which in many ways is like an all-controlling god will tend to prefer dogs whereas those who believe that destiny is in the hands of its proprietor will tend to prefer cats.
This is based only on my observations. I do not claim it as anything more than a wild hypothesis. Feel free to post in agreement or disagreement in the comments section.