Life with Animals

Not always idyllic….

But then, maybe the moose just wanted to play tag.

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12 responses to “Life with Animals”

  1. luchte says :

    It is strange really, unfathomable…

  2. alex jay says :

    “Hoots Mon! There’s a moose loose aboot this hoose.” Damn Caledonian mooses sharing their “Glaswegian kiisses” (head-butts) with unsuspecting pedestrians. It’s a Scottish thing that’s crept into the moose population. I blame it on reverse genetic engineering – damn Monsanto … they’re at it again!

  3. Scott Preston says :

    Now that everyone has had a chance to view the video of the moose attack….

    The sense of the uncanny it brings can be attributed to an ancient fear of the invisible “behind”. Our physical sight brings us only, at best, a 180 degree arc of visibility. Always, there is this other 180 degree arc of the unseen and invisible that is forever “behind” us, and which becomes a perpetual source of angst, because of our vulnerability to an attack from the rear, and a fear of being ambushed from behind by a beast of prey, in whatever form that “beast of prey” may take — even as “the shadow” or lurking “Mr. Hyde”.

    Recall that “anxiety” or “angst” is related to the word “angle”, and that angle pertains to the cone or pyramid of vision.

    Here, the beast happens to be a moose that creeps up unsuspected from this invisible “behind”. Achilles, for example, in Homer’s Iliad has his hair grabbed from behind by the goddess Athena.

    This arc of invisibility becomes a metaphor for the darkness of “the unconscious” and the realm of the beast or ancient force, of the sense of being driven from behind, of being always vulnerable to ambush or surprise from the invisible, like the Devil driving Adam and Eve from behind and before him with a whip. The Devil, too, is always this invisible, hideous “behind” who creeps or slinks up on us out of this “darkness” of the invisible — from the background of things, which becomes a metaphor for “the unconscious”.

    This anxiety about the invisible becomes even more acute with perspectivism and “point of view” consciousness, which narrows the arc of the perceptible even more and, correspondingly, increases the zone of the (to the eye) imperceptible and invisible. This is what gives some the sense of a looming new “dark age” attended equally by an intensification of the narcissistic.

    The woman in the video is akin to the ego-consciousness. The moose is akin to Rumi’s “dragon” in his poem “The Snake-Catcher’s Tale”. Both become totems of what Seth calls “the ancient force”

    http://harpers.org/blog/2007/12/rumis-the-snake-catchers-tale/

    • Scott Preston says :

      You might also say, that the moose becomes a token or emblem of what the Church calls “mysterium iniquitatis”, just as Rumi’s “dragon”.

    • Scott Preston says :

      I like the way luchte put it in his comment above — “unfathomable”. At first glance, that would seem like it might be hyperbole. But “unfathomable” is just the right word for it, when you look at it with a philosphic eye, or what Blake would understand as “the poetic genius” or “the prophetic spirit”. “Unfathomable” is not a word that would usually leap into other people’s heads. But to have sensed the parabolic in it… that’s what makes it unfathomable.

      Parabolic (or parable) — one must bear in mind that “metabolic”, “parabolic”, “catabolic”, “symbolic,” and “diabolic” are related, like steps in a dance. The word “bolon” in Greek means “to toss” or “throw” or “hurl”. It is related to our word “ball”.

      It therefore has much the same meaning as latin jacere, from which we get words like “sub-ject, or “ob-ject” or “re-ject” or “pre-ject” and “tra-ject” (the latter two words suggested by Rosenstock-Huessy for man’s “thrownness” into time future or time past).

  4. abdulmonem says :

    The child in pregnancy is an invisible event, like all other events, only to move to the visible mode sooner or later. Pregnancy is a nervous state , like all other birth events, therefore one should not wonder to see the moose behaves in the way it behaved , it is not the person of the woman which is targeted, but the heedlessness of humanity as to the coming of the invisible. This is exactly the story of the dead snake the American brought to Baghdad that turned from the death state/ invisible to the live state /the visible, through the Iraqi hot sun. Nothing is this world without a message, it is how we interpret the message, life is a process of interpretation toward the disclosure of Truth. Thank you Scott for the interpretation and the connection

  5. abdulmonem says :

    i forget to mention that we are living in a resurrection era.

  6. LittleBigMan says :

    Man’s relationship to Beast is indeed quite complicated both on the conscious and the subconscious level. There are so many more of them and more species of them than us, and for the most part our species have acted as if once we make up our mind, they won’t matter. On the subconscious level, they seem to represent a synthesis of consciousness at its most basic (molecular or atomic?) level.

    It is a very insightful conjecture to state that our rendezvous with the beast species – planned or impromptu – might just be where the ego-consciousness and “The-Point-Of-View-And-Line-Of-Thought” (POVLOT) of Newton’s “Frame of the World” meets the molecular or atomic (or quanta level) consciousness of the animal kingdom.

  7. LittleBigMan says :

    I’ve got an additional theory…..

    I’ve been watching this documentary “The Secret” online, and it is talking about “Like attracts like,” which is the same thing that Robert Monroe stated in his magnificent book “Journeys Out of the Body.”

    The documentary is making the case that most people attract unpleasantness to themselves because they are constantly thinking and worrying about not having those unpleasant experiences in their lives.

    The program is making the case that if one would like to change something in their life, they should think about what they want – and not so much think about what they don’t want. Because thinking about what they don’t want to happen will attract more of what they don’t want to happen to their lives.

    So, the woman who was attacked by the moose may have been upset with her own life overall and begun the day thinking about why life was “kicking” her at every turn. And right there, she may have attracted the moose that, quite out of the ordinary, kicked her as she was walking away.

    I really do think that the woman’s mindset would be worth the investigation. Too bad we don’t know anything about her and her life.

    In any case, here’s the link to the documentary. I hope anyone interested can watch it on their system.

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