Control of Sexuality, Page 4
More on laetus - bodily pleasure
Dr Halat said: "Those of us who deem ourselves followers of St Francis of Assisi, eagerly notice that many dog owners somehow resemble their pets and many dogs resemble their owners. The most striking common feature of the human - dog interspecies resemblance seems to be a very strong tendency to follow stimulants recognized as pleasure inducing, a propensity which may be named 'hedonetropism'. Human beings are pleasure oriented, just like dogs. But unlike the dog, the human person is capable to ascend to one of three higher branches of the Happiness Tree, which were named by Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, SJ: felix - good life, beatitudo - serving others, and sublime beatitudo - God's Love. Our closest and oldest companions - dogs will never climb up the Happiness Tree, and by their nature are limited to occupy its lowest branch, named laetus - bodily pleasure. Unfortunately, some people resemble dogs with their hedonetropic behaviour."
Hedonetropism is an innate tendency of doing something again and again what gives pleasure, in response to pleasant stimulants.Hedonetropism (in Greek Ἡδονήτροπισμός from: ἡδονή [hēdonē] pleasure, and τροπή [trope] a turning) is an innate tendency, natural inclination, or propensity to act in a certain manner of doing something again and again what gives pleasure, in response to pleasant stimulants.
St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) famous for kinship with all creatures (cf. Laudato sie, mi Signore cum tucte le Tue creature - Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures, The Canticle of the Sun, also known as the Laudes Creaturarum (Praise of the Creatures) here; He called all beasts his brethren. The Golden Legend (Aurea Legenda) Compiled by Jacobus de Voragine, 1275, Englished by William Caxton, 1483 Volume 5 here Here followeth the Life of S. Francis, first beginner of the friars minor, and first of his name here
"The most widespread form of interspecies bonding occurs between humans and dogs" (Tacon, Paul; Pardoe, Colin (2002). "Dogs make us human". Nature Australia 27 (4): 52–61). The dog domestication process probably began as long ago as 35,000 years, and Predmosti in Czech Republic Předmostí u Přerova (archeologická lokalita) boast to be a location of the oldest known case of domestication (Czech: nejstarší známý případ domestikace v dějinách). For centuries, the most prominent artists painted the dog as a symbol of carnal desires, lust, as well as fidelity; these two characteristics for many seem incompatible with one exception of the mutually faithful and sexually satisfied married couple.
The Dog as a Symbol of Hedonetropism in paintings of Jan Havickszoon Steen ( c. 1626 – 1679)