Thursday, January 19, 2006

Temple situation

I went down, armed with Reppers, to meet the person at the temple and some caregivers in the area. Apparently, they went down to meet him when I was on leave, and unpleasantness ensued. The complainant felt that they were not dealing with his problem, which was that of cats defecating in the prayer urn. Clearly, we do need to try and solve this problem, so I brought the reppers down and hopes that works out. We also walked around to the back, and the complainant said that the cats were scaling the trees and climbing into the compound. Apparently, the cats were then jumping in. I looked at the soil there, and it was dry and hard, so it's not surprising the cats went into the urn. The complainant seemed willing to give the Reppers a chance, so I'm crossing my fingers they'll work, especially as he tells me that you cannot change the contents of the prayer urn except once a year. If there is still defecation in there, then there may be a problem.

However, at their last meeting, he claims that the volunteers made a complaint to the chairman of the RC where he volunteers to say he was abusing his position. He was then told off by the Chairman, and is very upset about it. One of the volunteers in turn said he was rude and abusive, and that she felt he was trying to intimidate all of them with his position as an RC volunteer. The complainant is now quite happy for the moment about the cat situation but is angry as what he sees as the volunteers being disrespectful to him.

He told me he felt that he had stabbed in the back because they should not have complained and should have just spoken with him. The volunteers on their end, felt he wasn't listening, and hence went to his superior to complain. I just hope it's a misunderstanding that can be cleared up.

6 Comments:

Blogger vegancat said...

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19/1/06 10:37 PM  
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19/1/06 10:38 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

"Cat and the Tao" available at the National Library:-

http://vistaweb.nlb.gov.sg/cgi-bin/cw_cgi?fullRecord+6609+3002+12013522+1+-1

19/1/06 10:41 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

They do I believe, and the complainant agreed he did not want the cats killed. He is agreeable to trying out the Reppers, so let's hope they work!

19/1/06 11:59 PM  
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20/1/06 7:01 AM  
Blogger vegancat said...

(correction of typo error)
I presume this is a taoist temple.
I think Tao also teaches harmony with all beings so it is in line with such teachings to resolve the issue of cats without killing them.

There is a book called "Cat and the Tao" at
http://insight-books.com/TASM/0743453352.html

20/1/06 7:01 AM  

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