i) There are significant numbers of members of all faiths and denominations who maintain that the cat in question sat "in" the mat rather than "on" it, and it accords with all of us to respect their deeply held beliefs.
ii) We touch here on one of the most sensitive areas within the broader universal context of cats and sitting; it is up to each of us to acknowledge and even to appreciate the vast diversity of perspectives available within the range from "on" to "in". The rainbow is no less a rainbow for maintaining the full spectrum of colourings.
iii) For a fuller discussion of the whole nature of On, see my monograph, On On (OUP 1991) Read more
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Saturday, 16 February 2008