3:33 a.m. Curled up with cat, baby & phone, I troll the internet for writings on animism which I will not actually read because I have a phobia of exposing myself to too much external opinion. I allow for very small doses, but I am afraid if I sit down to thoroughly read anything "authoritative" it will somehow irrevocably alter or skew my own process, worldview &/or practices. I have much trepidation about that phenomena a friend calls, "I can't unlearn that" syndrome. I suppose this explains why I possess "recommended" titles (like Harvey & Louv) but I haven't actually read much more than prefaces, cover material or citations from other sources. This probably makes me a protectionist. Or something.
This also explains why sometimes I prefer to read what the folks on the other side of the fence(s) have to say. Atheism, rationalism & big religion have been dominating the tiny screen tonight. From my cozy vantage point under the blankets I noticed a frequent reference among the ministry websites to animists as:
"the people who walk backwards into the future"
I presume they mean this to be a condemning characterization, but I can really get behind it. Or in front of it. It's good in so many ways, but especially for balance & the hamstrings, which are generally underworked anyway.
Cheers to walking backwards... & maybe some sleep.