The Farm and the Forest (Part VIII)

~8~ The Seeds Begin to Sprout The day dawned just like any other in the slow march toward the spring planting season: the worker bays plowed the paths, the geese set to indolent trumpeting until food arrived, the hoofed creatures meandered about the snow covered paddocks they had claimed as their own, and the clerk… Continue reading The Farm and the Forest (Part VIII)

The Farm and the Forest (Part VI)

~6~ A New Day Dawns The winter had been long and grueling. More than a few animals on the Farm had succumbed to the cold or shortages in rations. Others had been dragged off in the twilight hours by the ravenous animals of the Forest who always struggled in the cold months and became frantic… Continue reading The Farm and the Forest (Part VI)

The Farm and the Forest (Part V)

~5~ Things Begin to Unravel In the days following the meeting, an air of hopefulness and possibility pervaded the Farm. All of the animals took to their chores with gusto, even the Farm birds. Harvest was approaching and all of the best crops were ripening. The silo would soon be filled and the reserve stores… Continue reading The Farm and the Forest (Part V)

The Farm and The Forest (Part IV)

~4~ The Momentous Meeting The day of the Meeting was heralded by clouds on the horizon with hazy sunlight filtering through. The young farm goose was nervous but confident. He may be asked questions, and he wanted to do his best. He was desperate to be noticed and respected. The geese were assembled in front… Continue reading The Farm and The Forest (Part IV)

The Farm and the Forest (Part III)

~3~ All Seems Calm Before a Storm And so it was that the crotchety wild goose came to be a member of the Farm. The biggest of the farm geese fell all over themselves to earn the favor of the exotic foreigner, retrieving his grain for him and expanding his place in the pen to… Continue reading The Farm and the Forest (Part III)

THE FARM AND THE FOREST (PART II)

~2~ Discussing the Way Forward “Now see here, dog. I know very well the Rules of the Farm. What is more, I know why we have these rules. But this is the modern age, and in these times we must consider carefully this issue before us, no matter how strange it may seem.” After the… Continue reading THE FARM AND THE FOREST (PART II)

The Farm and the Forest (Part I)

~1~ How It All Began To End It all started when a crotchety goose and his gaggle of ruffians, hailing from parts unknown, landed in the Pond on the edge of the Farm. The Pond was divided by the fence, leaving a small portion just outside the bounds of the Farm, its bank up against… Continue reading The Farm and the Forest (Part I)

Anthropomorphization: Ward & Executioner, Prt 3 [Coda]

In the previous installment of this millipedesque series I attempted to examine the ways that innate pattern seeking can lead to philosophies which are either distanced from human-valuing (whether proportionally or in sum-total) such as certain Christian-influenced strains of right-leaning esoteric naturalism (Man is insignificant to Mother Earth) or outright opposed to them such as… Continue reading Anthropomorphization: Ward & Executioner, Prt 3 [Coda]

Anthropomorphization: Ward & Executioner, Prt 2

In Anthropomorphization: Ward & Executioner, Prt 1, I attempted to show how important the innate impulse to anthropomorphize non-living entities was by contrasting its best (predatory detection) and worst (blaming non-living things for the havoc of conscious malevolence and thus neglecting the true culprit) aspects. I would now like to investigate the ways in which… Continue reading Anthropomorphization: Ward & Executioner, Prt 2