You can’t expect a dog to pass up a policeman on a bicycle. It isn’t human nature.
~ P.G. Wodehouse, Code of the Woosters
The trouble with ideals is their nonexistence. The final motivation for judging oneself or others by an abstract perfection can only be sadomasochistic. It guarantees failure. Meanwhile, Bartholomew (Stiffy Byng’s dog) can be reasonably impressed with himself if he gives up the chase after only a half mile.