Friday, June 21, 2013

We are all characters in a vast story

Stoneface   CC Jean Stimmell: 6/19/13
"Indeed, when we consult indigenous, oral peoples from around the world, we commonly discover that for them there is no phenomenon -- no stone, no mountain, no human artifact -- that is definitively inert or inanimate. Each thing has its own spontaneity, its own interior animation, its own life!"

“...along with the other animals, the stones, the trees, and the clouds, we ourselves are characters within a huge story that is visibly unfolding all around us, participants within the vast imagination, or Dreaming, of the world.” 

These two quotes are from David Abram's writings:  the first from Storytelling and Wonder: on the rejuvenation of oral culture and the second from The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World
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