As part of our discussion of David Abram’s Spell of the Sensuous, Jim Robbins asked each of us to:
“Please compose a haiku that reveals some aspect of David Abram’s book that you found of particular interest. Match these words (5/7/5 haiku form) with an image to share with the group. The image may be either a photo, a hand drawing, a collage, a photoshop creation, or a three dimensional form.”
Vowels breath’d into the ground
Mind under matter
Under the Sky
Below Wolf Mountains
Stand great trees rivers rush through;
Fishes leap; Earth seethes.
Cast the spell of nature’s words
A few reactions from Mohsen Mirghanbari about, “THE SPELL OF THE SENSUOUS” (David Abram)
“WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE?”
Like all other species, humans were granted the privilege of life, living and sharing all the nature’s amenities, so as long as they would not take more than their share.
Nature’s offering is limitless, so is human’s ability to take, however, if man could balance his/her give and take, then perhaps he/she be able to appreciate “Nature-Differently”.
Like man, Nature mass produces to maintain its balances, however, man’s mass production depends on Nature’s reproduction.
“Changing Nature’s Course”
When humans began valuing earthly gifts in monetary values, trading and bartering in secondary man made materials.
Perhaps, Man’s separation from Nature began when the mass population numbers increased larger and larger, making adjustments to compensate to its own needs, assuming only man has the ability to provide for his needs, thus, separating from the nature that was once nutritional to his survival.
Both Man and Nature must reproduce to survive, “Nature survival kit” contains its own resources to reproduce, however, “Man’s reproduction resources come from Nature, thus, weakening the Nature’s ability to sustain a reproduction balance.
Perhaps, It’s not the act of the magic that captures the audience’s imagination, rather, the impossibility of the act, thus audiences’ appreciate the actor’s ability to perform an impossible task, “whether be” art, music, science, clergical, political or medical.
“Language is both the sweetest of all human offering to one another and the worst, we use language to show appreciation and to deceive, to love and to hate, to win and to lose.
Though denied, humans have made the choice of their priority to existence over all the other species.
“YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS YOUNG”
You see of wisdom did I sow
And with my own hands walked to make it grow,
And this was all the harvest that I reeked
From airs I came, Like wind I go