Like the Dog in the Joke, We Howl but Don't Get Up

Our hope has been lost, our personal consciousness has grown dim and the voice of conscience has fallen silent

Here’s a joke: A man walks into a bar and sits at the counter. He’s sipping his whiskey when he hears howling. On the stool beside him there’s a dog, drinking and howling. The man tries to ignore it, but a new outburst of howling startles him. He looks at the dog, then at the bartender, who seems quite unconcerned, then back at the dog, who is howling with great dedication and intensity....