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How to guard your goat.

Updated on August 9, 2010

When I was

quite young I was often told that I shouldn't let anyone get my goat. I often wondered to what that referred and how that had anything to do with keeping bullies from making me cry. I never understood as a child, at least not immediately, how to steel myself against taunts and jeers when my emotional control wasn't what other children seemed to be able to bare.

It took some time before research gave me some analytical understanding of the phrase. A goat in the old world and for quite some time was a valuable asset. One didn't stake out one's goat where one's neighbor could see to steal it or possibly kill it. If you lost your goat, and if it happened to be your only ram then breeding didn't happen and getting another one would count on whether one of the other dames were pregnant at the time.

Not withstanding this analogy. What my parents were telling me is that humans are emotional predators most of the time. They seem to be able to sense weakness in the emotional facades of their fellows. Sometimes these people go hunting and aren't above making their neighbor feel worse then themselves. It somehow provides a catharsis for a predator to see other’s suffering.

If you laugh you will find that the predatory nature of people in general is offset by peoples' general need to feel better about them the easy way. So long as the chips are up people gather like sharks to blood and they feed off of your moment of joy. So long as you are happy you will find those who want to feel happy as well gravitate toward you.

When things reverse you will find that those who merely wanted to feel good will desert you looking for the next emotional fix, then will come the goat hunters. If there is any sport to be had they will enjoy it and feed. If not, they have no compunction to leave you in the gutter to bleed.

It is as they say, "Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone."

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    • schoolgirlforreal profile image

      schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago from USA

      Hi. I like the part about how if you're positive, positive people will "flock" to you.

      I found this interesting and well written. I enjoyed. I've often had people pick on me, or try to 'get my goat.' I guess it does often take us all a long time to understand and protect ourselves.

      Imagine- people being like predators-sad I say. Fill them with Jesus, and hope they behave!! LOL

      thankyou, I enjoyed

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      Jaggedfrost 6 years ago

      I am glad you did.

    • billyaustindillon profile image

      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      Sounds like the tall poppy syndrome in all its glory - well put together with the goat analogy.

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      Jaggedfrost 6 years ago

      I wasn't aware that there was another name for it. I see that you haven't written a hub on it yet. I would love to learn more about it though. I will have to do some research on your comment then to fully appreciate it. I am gratified that you like this little offering next to your more documentation heavy articles.

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      No problem. Yes they call it tall poppy because people just wait to knock their heros down. Makes them feel better about them selves. Being in reference to the poppy plant. Them you for you comments on my writing.

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      Jaggedfrost 6 years ago

      I have recently been made aware of the fact that my single minded nature toward creation of good literature and thought provoking articles has lost me the chance to discourse with people even with your intelligence and so I have repented myself somewhat of that thought and your work is very wholesome and worth the commenting. I am humbled by your notice.

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