The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
That is an interesting question. But I feel that your example is one of values put onto an outcome, not the energy inherent in the process.
For example, I put a BH and an AD on Keeta - it was a TON of work, and the first dog I ever did any formal obedience training with. It was a huge learning experience for me, and a real challenge for Keeta, but we did it. For her, I was asking a LOT to heel for 50 paces, to do the jump and the retrieves, to stay focused on task for minutes on end. It was an enourmous amount of work and took a lot of mind-power for Keeta to learn a down stay that was solid for 10 minutes or more. It took a lot of training sessions for her to learn to run by my bike for the AD and not allow herself to be distracted by things like smells and dead toads on the road.
She had a lot of impulse issues and a no concept of self-control when first adopted, and I am immensely proud of what we have done and what we have accomplished. She will never win prizes over other dogs in SchH/IPO, but the positive energy created and the positive changes it brought about in our relationship during the training and trialing process took the un-focused energy she had and focused it into self-discipline and work ethic.
I was happy that we made the journey, and felt like we have gained a lot, even though others won titles and trophies that we did not. Nothing was lost, everything was gained.
So it is not that it 'took away' from someone else, it changed energy into a different form. I believe that thoughts, which are neural impulses, which is electrical activity - is energy that we have the power to manipulate from negative energy to positive energy. I believe that energy is never lost, and all energy stays in the universe, so using our ability to generate positive thoughts helps the universe around us prosper and function well.
The examples you are coming up with are one of public recognition - energy just is, whether it is recognized by a show of trophies, or generated with no public awareness (as actions done in private, but creating a flow of positive feeling and energy).
I feel that the energy is physical all around us, as the solar energy, or wind energy - it is up to us to harness the energy and transform it into postive outcomes, as in using the sun and wind to generate electricity - it wasn't lost from the universe, just changed into a different form.
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Keeta BH, OB1, TR1, AD
Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015