Stubbornly avoiding sleep. Can’t believe we are at the year’s end yet again. Ever feel like it takes a full year to feel the age you are (or get used to the idea of)? I feel like it takes a full year to get used to the idea of a new year. Funny how that works. 2011, I barely knew thee. Farewell.
Life is a parody. Where your bets reside, there life will challenge your assumptions and beliefs, with it much of your hope at times. And it is in those times you have a choice — feeling like a victim of circumstance or recognizing the humor in being the punchline of a few bad jokes. I’m going to laugh this one through and come out smiling.
I am glad to still be here! It’s such a great platform for sharing ideas and discoveries. Lots of wonderful people here, thank you for being one of them.
We are all just trying to make our way home, whatever the path may be. In time all sleepers will wake. Namaste.
Animism (from Latin anima ”soul, life”) refers to the belief that non-human entities are spiritual beings, or at least embody some kind of life-principle.
Animism encompasses the beliefs that there is no separation between the spiritual and physical (or material) worlds, and souls or spirits exist, not only in humans, but also in all other animals, plants, rocks, natural phenomena such as thunder, geographic features such as mountains or rivers, or other entities of the natural environment. Animism may further attribute souls to abstract concepts such as words, true names, or metaphors in mythology. Animism is particularly widely found in the religions of indigenous peoples, including Shinto, and some forms of Hinduism, Buddhism, Pantheism, and Neopaganism.
Throughout European history, philosophers such as Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, among others, contemplated the possibility that souls exist in animals, plants, and people; however, the currently accepted definition of animism was only developed in the 19th century by Sir Edward Tylor, who created it as “one of anthropology’s earliest concepts, if not the first”.
Hope this season has been full of love and warmth.
— John Horgan