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November 29, 2011



"In the dreadful self-isolation of the Church, that soul-fortress towering over the dark abysms of the bestial/mortal/World/Hell, for St. Francis to cry out 'Sister sparrow, brother wolf!' was a great thing. But for the Buddha to be a jackal or a monkey was no big deal. And for the people Civilization calls 'primitive,' 'savage,' or 'undeveloped,' including young children, the continuity, interdependence, and community of all life, all forms of being on earth, is a lived fact, made conscious in narrative (myth, ritual, fiction). This continuity of existence, neither benevolent nor cruel itself, is fundamental to whatever morality may be built upon it. Only Civilization builds its morality by denying its foundation." -Ursula K. LeGuin, Buffalo Gals (1987), p. 11.

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