Wind

By Damien Knight

Hear my voice
Look at the sea
Rise beneath me
It is I who keeps
Birds in flight
Swift at night
Bats on wing
Hear me sing
Whistle in trees
Look at fall leaves
Is it not I
Drifts them gentle
Alas I do not lie
I am the summer breeze
I am the wisp of winter
The cold breath
as you pull tight
Your coat with all might
I caress the spring bud
I push the sea
I am wind

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Raven

By Damien Knight

As I walk amongst the woods
I hear a voice not understood
A crowing sound so deep
Into my very soul it seeps
Around me so dark
The crowing raven’s feathers stark
Fall upon my gentle flesh
His grace traps me like mesh
I smile at the dark bird
And back away without a word

Philosophy: Culture Versus Natural Behavior

Written By: Damien Knight

“Is the Explanation of Human Behavior a Radically Different Enterprise From the Explanation of Natural Occurrences?”

When we think about nature versus culture we get to the crux of this question. Is human culture natural occurrence? Some would say culture is not natural because human action is done based on intelligence and reason and nature is done on instinct and not learned knowledge.

While I understand this prevailing view point I think culture and human behavior is natural. Humans have been acting in similar behavior since ancient times and these behaviors are seen in nature. We are born and we raise our young, we build our homes, we preen and do mating dances. We are sexual and social in much a similar way as the bonobo are. We use language something other animals in nature are capable of if taught. Even our intelligence and reasoning are not limited to just ourselves. Dolphins, bonobo and chimps all can reason and show intelligence. It has been shown that gorillas can and have learned American sign language. In short the human species is not as special as we let ourselves believe we are another extension of what naturally occurs.

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