November 8, 2013

Free As A Bird



{Photos by Pom; wearing parka from Choies, Adidas sneakers, BCBG pants, Gap shirt}

I'm currently reading "The Life of Pi" by Yann Martel. It's a very spiritual book and I'm enjoying it so far. I came across this section which gives an interesting take on our ideas of "freedom" I thought I'd share:

"Animals in the wild lead lives of compulsion and necessity within an unforgiving social hierarchy in an environment where the supply of fear is high and the fupply of food is low and where territory must constantly be defended and parasites forever endured. What is the meaning of freedom in such context? 

In theory, an animal could pick up and go, flaunting all the social conventions and boundaries proper to its species. But such an event is less likely to happen than for a member of our own species, say a shopkeeeper with all the usuall ties- to family, to friends, to society- to drop everything and walk away from his life with only a spare change in his pockets and the clothes on his frame. If a man, boldest and most intelligent of creatures, won't wander from place to place, why would an animal, which is by temperament far more conservative? 

For this is what animals are, conservative. The smallest changes upset them. They want things to be just so, day after day, month after month. Surprises are highly disagreeable to them. An animal inhabits its space, whether in a zoo or in the wild, in the same way chess pieces move about a chess-board- significantly. There is no more happenstance, no more "freedom". Both speak of pattern and purpose.

In the wild, animals stick to the same paths for the same pressing reasons, season after season. In a zoo, if an animal is not in its normal place in its regular posture at the usual hour, it means something. A coiled hose left out by a keeper has made a menacing impression. A ladder making a shadow. A symptom, a herald of trouble to come.

If you went home, kicked down the front door, chased the people who lived there out into the street and said, "Go! You are free! Free as a bird! Go!"- do you think they would shout and dance for joy? They wouldn't. Birds are not free. The people you've just evicted would sputter "with what right do you throw us out? This is our home. We own it. We have lived here for years. We're calling the police, you scoundrel.""

Happy Friday!

22 comments:

  1. so stunnin casual look for every day)) tnx 4 inspiration))) happy friday, sweety))) xoxo)))

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  2. Such a great casual sporty and chic outfit idea! Love it!

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  3. I love this look, and the colelction of bright red bikes in the background :-)

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  4. Cool look. Love the beanie!

    I must read The Life of Pi, it seems interesting from what you've quoted.

    xo
    Eesh | The Other Side of Paradise

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  5. I've been wanting a parka like that for a while now!

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  6. You are so precious! Love your shoes :) They look so cute! And the dainty bracelet too!

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  7. That's interesting. From the outside people often assume animals in captivity are living lives of quiet desperation, when really they are quite comfortable. Home is home, I guess.

    Hope you have a great weekend! I'm going to sleep.

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  8. Ah man, I can't wait until I have enough time to start reading for fun again. I'm working on the Game of Thrones series book 4... and that sounds like a great book you're reading now. Good excpert!

    Beautiful photos. I especially love the lighting and that cute, cute hat!

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  9. Great look, love the jacket. Thanks so much for your visit and comment
    xoxoxo

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  10. That's a great book. :D

    I love this look. So casual and chic and effortless. I love it!

    love,
    a

    www.missdecaf.blogspot.com

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    I am now following you on bloglovin!

    Sincerely
    Anna / Denmark

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  13. Thanks for commenting and lovely compliment on my lipstick hun! I've been thinking about reading that book for a while now, maybe I'll sit down with it closer to Christmas - it's such a cosy time for reading^^ The quote is really interesting.. Hmm, makes you think..

    Very nice casual outfit, loving the lightning in the pictures! The weathers is so nice! We will soon have snow over here :( xx

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  14. Life of Pi is one of my very favourite books - so so good!

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  15. I need to read that book! Definitely a good take on freedom.

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

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  16. This outfit look so great on you (: such chic and lovely look. x

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  17. Life of Pi is such a good book! I couldn't put it down and finished it in two days.

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  18. These pictures are so beautiful. The light is gorgeous, and so are you and your outfit :D

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  19. You just made me wanna read a book! Thank you :) And, I love your outfit, gorgeous and effortless as usual! ♥

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