Animism

December 14, 2009 at 9:18 am | Posted in Mind, Nature, People, Sight, Society | 15 Comments
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Is the ivy malicious? Is the tree afraid?

Consider the photo above. Does it look to you as if the ivy has mounted a full-scale assault on this tree?

I was stopped in my tracks by this gripping scene. Immediately my mind began anthropomorphizing the ‘combatants’.

The ivy was evil. The tree was terrified. It was like the old eagle/snake taxidermy cliché – played out in vegetation.

See the tendrils following the channels in the bark?
Is this not evidence of intent?

Closer inspection confirmed my view that the ivy knew exactly what it was doing. And meant business.

Yet how could an Aspie, hopeless at discerning even the most obvious social signals from humans, pretend to know the mind and will of a creeper?

Is it because I’m socially dysfunctional that I ‘lower my sights’ to relate with simpler organisms? Or is this just an overheated imagination gone crazy?

Here’s how the tree sees it:

Scary? No?

But trees can’t ‘see’, can they? And creepers aren’t really evil, are they?

Are we absolutely sure?

This scares the crap out of me.
Imagine how the tree feels!

From trees to flies to spiders to weeds. I invest every living thing I see with a soul and a mind.

Even cars, fridges and VCRs have given me pause for thought over the years.

What I’d really like to know is whether this is an Asperger thing or something else.

To this end, I warmly welcome your frank comments.

🙂

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