Human beings are undoubtedly the dominant species on Earth, which, in hindsight, hasn’t really worked out very well for the rest of the planet. As our population continues to grow toward 10 billion and our destructive ways don’t appear to be stopping anytime soon, maybe it’s time for another species to rise up and knock us off of our perch.
Who better than cats to do the world this favor?
Twitter user Lawrence Ward – who loves nothing more than asking himself absurd hypothetical questions and putting way too much thought and analysis into the answers – dreamed up a scenario whereby cats manage to conquer first Scotland, then the UK and beyond.
Needless to say, people loved the hilarious and frivolous discussion that quickly followed and the thread soon went viral!
Lawrence, who is a salesman from Stoke-On-Trent, England, simply likes to entertain himself with these scenarios when he is bored or in an otherwise negative frame of mind. He loves animals, and most of his random thought experiments just naturally happen to involve them. “I’m not sure why but a lot of my time is spent over-analyzing situations nobody is ever going to find themselves in,” he told Bored Panda with a wry chuckle. “It’s often been quite tiring for people around me.”
“There’s a certain level of irritation caused by someone asking you which small animal would be most terrifying if they quintupled in size. Because no matter how switched off you are you can’t help but think about it and yet, you just know it’s a huge waste of energy.”
Yet there is method to this madness. Far from being wasted energy, Lawrence’s imaginative ‘what if’ scenarios provide people with much-needed escapism from the drudgery of everyday news and politics. “If you go through the comments and Quoted Tweets from the Scotland V Cats thread, a lot of the comments from Scots are pertaining to Brexit and independence and whatnot,” he explained.
“The internet is full of stress and analysis and when people can use that same form of analysis on something whimsical and ridiculous it provides a little bit of escapism. So many people got involved and started debunking/promoting why the cats would or would not win.”
As you can see, the conversation quickly took all kinds of funny and unexpected turns. Scroll down to see how it unfolded for yourself, and let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments below!