What It Truly Means to Share the Planet – Letter to the Editor

Did you ever wonder why people have pets? I did.

At many parks in Silicon Valley, I saw that many pet owners enjoyed the fun their pets brought into their lives. However, I recently realized there is something else I have never experienced before — pets can help people dispel loneliness.

In quarantine, I get limited interaction with my peers each day. At home, I meet my parents occasionally when they walk into my room and my brother once at dinner. Sometimes I feel just fine being alone, but other times the loneliness gets to me.

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Now I wish I had a cute cat jumping onto my lap meowing at me or a friendly dog wagging his tail to remind me that I am not alone after all.

It is times like these that I think of my relationship to others, pondering what it truly means to share the planet.

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