Monday, May 29, 2006

Being Human

Do you ever think about what it means to be human, in the sense of to be
a sentient being in a medium-sized mostly hairless ape body? Our
deepest formative experiences - the one's reached in certain deep
spiritual work - are affected by the life cycle of humans - how we are
born so helpless. Things might be different for sentient horses. I
read a book in which there were sentient frogs and their entire
psychology was formed by the experience of millions of eggs being born
and 99.9999% of them being eaten immediately by the father. Those folks
had a majorly strange relationship with their god. I am listening to a
book now in which there is a race of sentient predator birds, like
eagles. So human pack behavior is replaced by a need for a lot of space
and there is not much hierarchy.


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