No, this is not to flatter the cat
My mom needed help with tough-guy tasks, helping to move bricks from a truck to the house, so I came here and she has a little cat, now I'm enjoying the empty house and there is a cat going here and there and trying to eat my clothes and it's the happy-est I've been in weeks. They truly make my day improve and there is a sense of company I had forgotten since the girl-in-question.
To develop their conscience and consciousness, to make them aware of what is going on, to prepare the precarious ground for the future alternatives—this is our task: "our" not only as Marxists but as intellectuals, and that means all those who are still free and able to think by themselves and against indoctrination, communist as well as anticommunist.
Socialist Humanism?, Herbert Marcuse, 1965