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July 2, 2010

I watched clouds float overhead yesterday, and mused on their awareness of their cloudness. Do clouds know they are clouds? Do they think of themselves just as individual molecules of air, water, and bacteria (?), or do they realize they’re part of an aggregate, that in communal form they create something greater than the sum of its parts?

I’ve mused similarly, listening to Simon & Garfunkel sing that line in El Condor Pasa: “I’d rather be a forest than a street…” Does a forest have a sense of itself as a being, or is forest just a human construction?

Anyway, looking at clouds, I wondered if human beings might be a bit like clouds. We think we’re alone and singular, but perhaps we’re aggregates with others of like mind (albeit in a philosophical or meta sense, not geographically), so that we float through some medium (meta-ether), creating the world as we wish it to be, co-creating our environment/ecosystem/habitat.

It’s an appealing thought, even if it’s not particularly valid/true (but how could I be sure, either way?).

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