There’s a mascot for everything. All the best characters in the Harry Potter series have patronuses (which everyone knows are basically spirit animals + magic). My own personal spirit animal happens to be a raccoon with a leather jacket and a switch blade. We all have one. So why wouldn’t the internet?
No contender for this sought after role is more blatant than the feline. Cats: the spirit animal of the internet. What better symbol to represent the collective consciousness of humanity? Who better to hold the flag for the largest repository of all human knowledge than the cat?
The interconnectedness of all things stands on the shoulders of feline giants such as The Great Nyan Cat, Grumpy Cat, Lil Bubs, Maru, Business Cat and Facebook pages like Cats on Cocaine.
The internet can be a scary place. Amongst the dark net, hackers, and trolls, cats stand as a rather adorable symbol. But why the cat? How is it that this kawaii creature dominates not only reddit but also our hearts?
The truth is, despite all the bad stuff that can go on on the internet, the popularity of cats is living proof of what our priorities are as internet users. There are many heavy topics and circulating on the net, each one so dense that they settle in depressing layers across our news feeds. But the one thing that always floats to the top, the one thing that is the least dense on our souls, is our sense of humor. And the internet’s most common vehicle for humor? Yup, you guessed it. Cats.
So maybe Harambe’s gone, Brexit happened, and Trump is President Elect, but only one sovereignty will never stop trending. There is only one that we will never tire to see in our feeds. And that is The Cat, spirit animal of the internet.