Posts Tagged: biophilia
Leafs and Women, oil on canvas, early work by Farangis Yegane.
‘In full accordance with this general theory is Plato’s story, in the Timaeus, of the origin of species. According to this story, man, the highest of animals, is generated by the god ; the other species originate from him by a process of corruption and degeneration. First, certain men degenerate into women. Later, step by step, they degenerate into the lower animals. Birds, we hear, came into being through the transformation of harmless but too easy-going people who would trust their senses too much ; land animals came from men who had no interest in philosophy; and fishes, including shell-fish, degenerated from the most foolish, stupid, and unworthy of all men. It is clear that this theory can be applied to human society, and to its history.’
(7) In the Timaeus (42b f., goe ff., and especially 9 id f. ; cp. also the Phaedrus, 248d), Plato describes what may be called the origin of species by degeneration (cp. text to note 4 to chapter 4, and note 1 1 to chapter 1 1) : Man degenerates into woman, and later into lower animals.
K. R. POPPER, THE OPEN SOCIETY AND ITS ENEMIES, VOL I: THE SPELL OF PLATO, LONDON, 1945.
Green Woman, Environment, early work by Farangis Yegane, oil on canvas.
The earth is the very quintessence of the human condition, and earthly nature, for all we know, may be unique in the universe in providing human beings with a habitat in which they can move and breathe without effort and without artifice. The human artifice of the world separates human existence from all animal environment, but life itself is outside this artificial world, and through life man remains related to all other living organisms. For some time now, a great many scientific endeavors have been directed toward making life also “artificial,” toward cutting the last tie through which even man belongs among the children of nature. – Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition
A poem by Marion Canby
… a meadow … with nesting life
spared by a mower’s blade set high
the flowering weeds and grasses strewn
over the field to be raked and dried
by rays from a fire set high in the heaven.
From: High Mowing by Marion Canby, 1932
Ein Gedicht von der amerikanischen Dichterin Marion Canby aus ihrem Gedichtband ‘High Mowing’ aus dem Jahre 1932:
– eine Wiese – mit nistendem Leben
unverletzt durch die hochgesetzten Schneiden des Mähers
das blühende Unkraut und die Gräser zerstreut
über das Feld, um zusammengetragen und getrocknet zu werden
von den Strahlen eines Feuers, das hoch im Himmel brennt.
Übersetzung: Palang LY