The science is not settled. The time is long past for the woke media and medical associations to recognize this fact.
Our suffering phobia has triggered a harmful societal neurosis that has both subverted human exceptionalism and undermined societal common sense.
“There is a time in every man’s life when he looks to his God, when he looks at his life, when he wonders how he will be remembered.”
I give here a short sample of just one of the passages in “Tintern Abbey” where Wordsworth reports undergoing what might be described as a moment of epiphany.
If you are a cat’s human friend, he cares when you talk to him. Whether he will, or even can, do what you want is a separate question.