We're honored that Robert E. Neale, author of This is Not a Book, says our How to Be Your Own Cat goes beyond Martin Buber's "I and Thou" relationship toward more silliness and more honesty:
What fun! And what confusion! I have a bias against responding to a cat as a human. And against responding to a human as a cat. I guess that I assume that both of these approaches are one-way deals. But I now suspect that they must always be two-way deals. Neither creature can go it alone. Each needs the other in order to become the other. Who knows my inner cat better than Max? And who knows Max’s inner human than I? So the two deals become one deal. This leads to spiritual silliness beyond the Martin Buber “I and Thou” relationship. And maybe it is even more honest. To meet the other is to become the other as well as remaining oneself. Empathy is not just walking on the shoes of the other, but borrowing the feet as well. Well, I guess the Buddha is not only that meditative frog on the lotus, but the cat basking in the sun in crazy positions. Or to rephrase some metaphysical positions as well, the ground of the cat and the ground of the human are one. This is sunny basking. Let the sun grant us fun.