Hello

I notice that the last entry I wrote on the blog was on the 28th. This is just a note to say that I’m still here, but that things are a trifle busy. Nothing untoward, but I also need to wait for my muse to return. In the meantime, here’s an image that resonates with me.
 
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It’s a dead shrew that I found on the path through the woods that I take when walking the dog. Shrews have a short and hectic life in comparison to our own. I wonder what it felt in the brief interlude between being here and not here. I also wonder what my summary will be for my own brief sojurn in the light. 

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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6 Responses to Hello

  1. Brian says:

    In the year or so that I’ve been coming here, Geoff, that’s the closest you’ve come to seeking answers to the eternal.  What use a summary except to identify ones life beyond our demise?  However, as for the shrew, I doubt he thought very much beyond his next meal or chance at copulation.  I shan’t carry further any comparisons between you and a shrew, dear friend, but admit to curiosity as to what Martin would say ;-).

  2. Geoff says:

    Huh? I am always seeking answers… but don’t hold out much hope of getting them. They are usually only to assuage feelings of ennui anyway… 🙂 That said, I revel in the ability of us humans to be able to think (at least sometimes) beyond our next meal or chance at copulation. As for Martin, he’d just go: "Tsk – it’s Geoff, what do you expect?" 

  3. Gelert says:

    There’s something really profound about this image and I’m not sure why. Maybe its because its a shrew – so rarely seen, such a short life – and cute. It would be interesting to be able to live inside the mind of other beings for a short time – I’m not sure they’d be so very different, certainly a lot less full of bull, more direct, more honest. I guess we are all simply shrews – just hang around longer. Thanks Geoff 

  4. Geoff says:

    Gelert, according to Thomas Nagel (who wrote a famous philosophical paper: What Is It Like To Be A Bat?) it’s probably impossible to experience the life of a shrew in any terms that we would able to understand… 

  5. L says:

    In the US, the dead shrew is called a "mole" The sure mess up my lawn sometimes.

  6. Geoff says:

    Hi, bones3. Nope, that is not a mole (a member of the family Talpidae), it is really a shrew (a member of the family Soricidae). While there are some members of the shrew family that live permanently underground, this one certainly didn’t. It forages above ground for insects and grubs.

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