As most people know, who know me at all, I tend to think “outside the box.” This has made my life difficult, to say the least, but insightful. In realizing I see and understand a varying point of view than most, bear with me on the subject of “The Cat in the Hat” gives a story about life. If you happen to have the book, I would suggest retrieving it for this exercise. Having it, will help clarify what is being expressed in this article.
First, you need to keep in mind that the book is not written by Mr. Seuss, but a doctor. Typical doctors do not speak in rhyming words of one syllable. He is a doctor making an attempt to speak to children on their level about a message which most of us, as adults, are ignorant of–the meaning of life.
At the beginning of the book we see two children, a boy and a girl. This is both sexes, bored with life because it just isn’t exciting enough without influences of others. They’re stuck in their house because it’s raining outside. Their mother is gone, having no immediate bearing on what they do, although later it is us up to them to come clean. I’ll refer to her as being “The Almighty.” After all, when you were growing up she did seem like the all-knowing, didn’t she?
As they sit there bored, the Cat comes into their home, uninvited. Some may consider him “havoc” because he is unfamiliar and refuses to go by the book, while others consider him “opportunity.” Before the children have the ability to approve or disapprove of his presence, he introduces “Thing One and Thing Two.” They are consequences; they appear the same and behave together, but we never really know what they are capable of until the children interact with them. Meanwhile, the fish… yes, the fish, has his say! Who is the fish? The fish is in some aspects “organized religion.”
How do you think that conclusion is drawn? He isn’t the mother, however he speaks for her, sort of like a conscience while she is gone, telling the kids what they’re doing wrong all along. He gets all heated up because the Cat and his two worldly experiences, Thing One and Thing Two, are running amuck and seeming to “destroy” the house; everything their mother (or God) is providing for them.
The house is disheveled and mother is just around the corner as the fish begins to freak out, telling them he tried to warn them. He told them she’d come back and be angry, but they refused listen! He is incapable of helping them clean up, he can only yell and carry on with “I told you so!” and provide guided counsel.
The boy grabs the net and captures Thing One and Thing Two, taking control of his life, and the Cat leaves the premises. (This is where most people in reality sit with their head in their hands and give up or quit, blaming others for the circumstances gone awry.) But for those who “believe in the Cat,” he doesn’t desert them, but cleans up the seeming catastrophe he made. He brings back order while the fish continues to tell the children what fools they have been by allowing themselves to get off-track.
The reason the Cat returns and cleans up the mess is because the children haven’t totally given up on him, forcing him to leave. (When we continue to see things through, we will reep the benefits also.) When he leaves, the mother returns to a house just as she left it. The children learn many of life’s lessons that they would not have, had they continued to sit in their chairs, not thinking for themselves. (As many people do, allowing other people (not God) to tell them when to wake up, when to report to work, when to pay bills, etc.)
So, there you have some food for thought. I welcome all feedback, as well as it is well-thought out. But I believe Dr. Seuss and Wallace D. Wattles knew each other somehow.