We once owned a goat. I think my mother thought it would keep the grass at a moderate height. It didn’t run around butting everyone, when it did it was a soft nudge more a bid for attention than anything else. What I did notice the goat would consume weeds, sticks, even while the cows and horses only ate grass and clover. A goat can take what’s provided and make something good out of it. Goats are adaptable. They can live in high and low terrains. Many animals died after moving to a different climate or deprived of a traditional food source.
The goat is surprisingly independent. Unlike sheep, cows, or even horses, a goat can survive on its own. Intelligence, surefootedness, and persistence contributes to its ability to live almost anywhere. While most people choke about their livestock or pets not being able to survive on their own, a goat could. It’s a forward thinker. It doesn’t spend time sulking over something that didn’t work. It may analyze what didn’t work, but it keeps moving forward. It’s both ambitious and intuitive.
Ever watch goats in a petting zoo? They automatically know which kids have food pellets. They’re good at reading body language and responding.
Goats have appeared in religion for years. Often they served as sacrifices. The Jewish tradition involved a goat that symbolically bore the people’s sins, let loose in the desert. This is where the term scapegoat came from. In retrospect, I realize a goat is probably one of the few creatures that could have survived in a desert. Many cultures had gods with horns with goat faces symbolizing virility. The ability to procreate was very important in ancient cultures.
The Goat has more to offer than cartoon caricatures.
· Forward Thinker