"Despite all our giddy technological dreams, this vast and inscrutable land – drenched by the rains and parched by the summer sun – remains the ultimate ground, and the final horizon, of all our science. It is not primarily a set of mechanisms waiting to be figured out, this breathing land. It is not a stock of resources waiting to be utilized by us, or a storehouse of raw materials waiting to be developed. It is not an object.
It is, rather, the very body of wonder – a shuddering field of intelligence in whose round life we participate. And if, today, this dreaming land has been forgotten behind a clutch of flowing screens that intercept the fascination of our focused eyes – if it has been eclipsed by styles of speaking that deaden our sense, and by machinic modes of activity that stifle the eros between our body and the leafing forests – then it is time to listen, underneath all these words, for the animal stirrings that move within our limbs and our swelling torsos. It is time to unplug our gaze from the humming screen, walking out of the house to blink under the river of stars. There are new stories waiting in the cool grasses and new songs."
Becoming Animal, David Abrams
(a thought-provoking, sometimes challenging and beautifully written book - I recommend)
Yadvinder Malhi is an ecosytem ecologist and Professor of Ecosystem Science at Oxford University