The silence of animals on progress and other modern myths

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the silence of animals on progress and other modern myths

The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths by John N. Gray

A searching, captivating look at the persistence of myth in our modern world

By nature volatile and discordant, the human animal looks to silence for relief from being itself while other creatures enjoy silence as their birthright.

In a book by turns chilling and beautiful, John Gray continues the thinking that made his Straw Dogs such a cult classic.

Gray draws on an extraordinary array of memoirs, poems, fiction, and philosophy to re-imagine our place in the world. Writers as varied as Ballard, Borges, Conrad, and Freud have been mesmerized by forms of human extremity—experiences that are on the outer edge of the possible or that tip into fantasy and myth. What happens to us when we starve, when we fight, when we are imprisoned? And how do our imaginations leap into worlds way beyond our real experiences?

The Silence of Animals is consistently fascinating, filled with unforgettable images and a delight in the conundrum of human existence—an existence that we decorate with countless myths and ideas, where we twist and turn to avoid acknowledging that we too are animals, separated from the others perhaps only by our self-conceit. In the Babel we have created for ourselves, it is the silence of animals that both reproaches and bewitches us.
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"The Silence of Animals" with John Gray

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He condemns this widely accepted secular faith as a form of delusional self-flattery. There are simply multifarious animals, each with its own needs. Human uniqueness is a myth inherited from religion, which humanists have recycled into science. Gray admires pessimists like Schopenhauer, Conrad and Freud, who find the sources of barbarism and cruelty in human nature, are not surprised by the continuing horrors of history and do not expect things to get better. Yet those who have more hope for humanity than Gray are not unaware of the facts. It is a question of interpretation. From the opposite point of view, Gray is merely helping himself to the cut-rate superiority of the confirmed cynic.

For a variety of sometimes contradictory reasons, Gray has a considerable popular footprint—extraordinarily large for a philosopher—especially in his native Britain. He writes beautifully and accessibly about real-world issues. He is preposterously familiar with the works of almost forgotten writers. He is an atheist who is sympathetic to religion, at least as long as the faith keeps its quest for meaning and human perfectibility safely on the far side of the grave. It forgets or ignores that we are and always will be animals, prone to descend into barbarism in an eye blink. The full Gray is on display in his slender new volume. But it is a respite, and all that we can ask for.

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To this day there remains perched on a mantel a small black-beaked china swan whose chipped wing bears mute testimony to the despair and disgruntlement of that first reading. This seemingly effortless ability to inspire ire might perhaps in itself be enough to recommend the book, but The Silence of Animals is also, more soberly, a serious book whose determined wrong- headedness is profoundly invigorating, too. So far, so Gray.

Gray draws on an extraordinary array of memoirs, poems, fiction, and philosophy to re-imagine our place in the world. Writers as varied as Ballard, Borges, Conrad, and Freud have been mesmerized by forms of human extremity—experiences that are on the outer edge of the possible or that tip into fantasy and myth. What happens to us when we starve, when we fight, when we are imprisoned? And how do our imaginations leap into worlds way beyond our real experiences? The Silence of Animals is consistently fascinating, filled with unforgettable images and a delight in the conundrum of human existence—an existence that we decorate with countless myths and ideas, where we twist and turn to avoid acknowledging that we too are animals, separated from the others perhaps only by our self-conceit.

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    The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths [John Gray] on chrissullivanministries.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A searching, captivating look .

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