When a person is self-conscious, they’re anything BUT Self conscious, i.e. Self aware.
This just came to me while reading the introduction to Elliott Erwitt’s book of photography, “To The Dogs.”
He writes: “It’s not really that dogs are never self-conscious. In fact, a cruel person, or a photographer, can easily embarrass them. But they are usually unaffected because of something like innocence, or lack of worldly experience. Perhaps that’s why they seem to have such a natural bond with children. Maybe they still have some fundamental values that haven’t been corrupted by society.”
And maybe those dogs who ARE self-conscious (when being embarrassed by a cruel person) are actually being self aware, or at least aware of a human self who is unaware.
Wherever this musing leads, it’s dogs who are the real leaders for they continuously model how to love unconditionally.
Haven’t seen Erwitt’s book of photography? Ask a dog. Chances are she or he has a copy.