How Your Cat Could Make You Mentally Ill
. . . never go full cargo cult!
So what is a cargo cult? "After World War II anthropologists discovered that an unusual religion had developed among the islanders of the South Pacific. It was oriented around the concept of cargo which the islanders perceived as the source of the wealth and power of the Europeans and Americans. This religion, known as the Cargo Cult, held that if the proper ceremonies were performed shipments of riches would be sent from some heavenly place. It was all very logical to the islanders. The islanders saw that they worked hard but were poor whereas the Europeans and Americans did not work but instead wrote things down on paper and in due time a shipment of wonderful things would arrive.
The Cargo Cult members built replicas of airports and airplanes out of twigs and branches and made the sounds associated with airplanes to try to activate the shipment of cargo."
Essentially a cargo cult is anything which mistakes correlation for causation. Time has decided that because so many cat owners are bonkers, it must be that cats cause mental illness. Or it could be that the mentally ill are attracted to cat ownership. But Time seems to discount this possibility. Could the cats be getting the parasite from their humans? Who knows.
Hey, I finally found the cause of cancer, white mice.