Animals are "not pretentious, self-delusionary farts". Amit Varma said that.
Being all three myself - pretentious, self-delusionary and a fart - I went looking for some answers. Why do animals seem happier than us?
Take these 2 dogs, for instance.
Barney forgot his Buddha Nature last week. But is he unhappy right now? I don't think so. And the owner of that Elvis Teddy? Don't even ask.
Now look at this dog. (link to a Youtube video, found on Kottke.org).
Imagine, if you will, the dog representing a certain tiny nation that recently had two of its soldiers kidnapped and the monkey representing those bunch of thugs who did the said kidnapping. Do you see the dog vowing revenge? Do you see that grinning, Hairy Swinger launching 3, 333 rockets?