Sorry 'bout the pups, I've been there, it sucks.
Initialy, my desire (partly inspired by Steve E's post) was to find and investigate the hopefully more objective, less involved, emotionaly charged views that may be available in a foreign land. As I recall, it occurred to me that China may have an interest in US concerns and might offer a pov of interest.
Possibly a mental shadow of Jean Shepherd's work (fa ra ra ra ra, and the head of a roast duck) had not yet faded, but by whatever trigger, the course of my mental process had been redirected . Of course Steve E. and Mr. Shep. bear no blame for my tin ear or lame sense of humor. That shame is my own.
But yes, the ever elusive "over-arching point".
Of which I would suggest there actually is none (metaphysically); or it is whatever you insist.
With that in mind, for the consideration of all, food for thought, apropos of nothing
(unless, of course, you sense a connection, if only in part):
A Chimpanzee at Stanford
(please read this, it's short and you will not be disapointed)http://cii.best.vwh.net/S-chimpatstanford.html
"It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones.”
" If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? "