It is a very cute sight indeed to witness a golf cart Florida driven by a pet of any kind in Port Charlotte. This “cute” reaction within the psychology of the observer (provided the observer is a human being) is presumably generated not because the act takes place in Port Charlotte but rather because the act is novel. Golf carts were not designed to be driven by pets. They were designed to be driven by golfers and perhaps senior citizens in a retirement community. Therefore when a human observer witnesses a pet driving a golf cart he or she experiences cognitive dissonance and often cognitive dissonance is resolved through recognizing the absurdity of the situation and then resolving the tension through laughter.
PETS DO NOT DRIVE GOLF CARTS SOUTH FLORIDA IN PORT CHARLOTTE
Cognitive dissonance is the state of mind experienced when two irreconcilable things or events occur and the mind is left in a state of having to reconcile the irreconcilable. It turns out that the human mind cannot exist in this state. It must come up with some form of reconciliation so that it will not continue to exist in this precarious state. As such, cognitive dissonance often gives rise to very creative solutions. One might say that cognitive dissonance is the mother of creativity.
In this particular situation, when a person observes an animal actually driving a golf cart he or she enters a state of cognitive dissonance. Animals or pets do not drive golf carts because they are not equipped for the task and the golf cart was not designed for the task. So then, asks the observer, why is this happening? One solution might be, it was intended to be humorous. Humor, as we all know, is essentially a misdirection that causes a state of cognitive dissonance to come about.