In the early days of the Internet we were a new species. We were a species of internet-savvy people, ready to click around our screens and chat with one another. We were not yet a species that had to be socialized into being part of a community. But we were. Today, we’re a species that has to be socialized into being part of a community. We’re a species that has to be socialized into being part of society.
The reason we cry at night is because we’ve somehow learned that the night is a time to be alone. We’ve learned that we can be trusted to be alone at night. We’ve learned that we can be trusted to not cry. We’ve learned that the night is a time to be alone. And now we cry because we are now also a species that must be socialized into being part of society.
This concept is related to the famous phrase from George Bernard Shaw’s The Mayor of Casterbridge, “And when all is said and done, we are alone.
As it turns out, a lot of people (myself included) have become so used to being alone at night that we find it somewhat difficult to remember that we are not alone. And then we find it incredibly difficult to remember that being socialized into society is very hard. To give myself a bit of a back story, I work at a small hotel chain in the Midwest. We have a strict dress code that includes wearing a uniform, no makeup, and hair up.
In my previous job, all of us had to wear a uniform with a star, a rank, or a special badge on our badge. However, at night, and particularly in the cold, our uniforms are often discarded. Some nights, when the temperatures are freezing, the hotel staff will not take our uniforms off, because they know that we are going to have to keep them on.
I suppose, because of the cold, we are particularly susceptible to night wakings. And because of the cold, I suppose I am especially susceptible to crying.
Well, I’m sure it is all part of the dog’s nature to cry at night. Dogs are solitary animals, and their nature to suffer is not lost on me (I’ve had to wear a dog harness to walk at night on multiple occasions). In fact, I’ve found that if I am not wearing a collar, the dog will cry. And it is usually because the dog is scared.
There are two reasons for this. One is the animal is scared. The other is that the dog is confused. So even though Ive never had any trouble with my dog, I still find myself trying to talk to her when she does cry. And it is usually during that conversation that I realize that the dog is indeed confused and she is not.
I think the reason that dogs cry at night is because they are scared. I can believe that it is because they are scared. But I can also believe that there are many other reasons why we might cry at night. This is because when we are frightened, our body reacts by producing stress hormones.