Olivia Napoleon: What does metaphysics deal with except for fundamental being. In university we all included in our essays about the nature of-what else but-the all to much used "nature of reality." I suppose bird brain refers to what is ultimately here and the aspect of what is "is." Ontology would say it is the nature of being. I would most likely say, If i were asked, they are both the same since we posit the question. Differences decide us. If you can't tell the two, then why should we.
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Anne Thompson: Take a good look at this picture. In a microcosm it is metaphor for our entire civilization.First, the obvious. A bird is a “wild” animal. That it has to endure captivity at the hands of what seems to bea humongous, slightly deranged[check out the eyes]human symbolizes human kind’s stupidity and self-assesed superiority to all other creatures.The human is wearing leather! Obviously the bird is aware on some level that this monstrously tall human might at any momentdecide to eat her! The bird undoubtedly sees the human consuming food, some of which is animal protean. Hell, some of which are actual birds!Note the distance the human holds the bird from her body. What we clearly have here is a microcosm of nature versus civilization.I doubt very much the bird only attacks hats. Though obviously they so outrage her that she musters up her courage and dive bombs her jailor’s head! This is typical behavior of a “wild” animal.But we humans, who rule the animal kingdom because of some accidental mutation of our brains, amuse ourselves by capturing the “wild” animal for our own amusement. Certainly not the bird’s.Actually they both appear a bit deranged. For both have journeyed so far from their natural roots as to have become alien to each other, and strangers to themselves.Remember the bird was snatched from the wild, her home, and essentially sold into slavery.Were I the bird, I would not aim for the hat, no matter how hideous it seemed to me. I would peck my captor’s eyes out and then commit suicide. It would be preferable to the punishment, insult, and arrogance of my clueless captor.
Sara Shelton: Birds seem to have their very own sense of fashion. Mine are always judging what I am wearing. Just when I think I am ready to go out, somebody has to add their own 2 cents to my outfit, be it by coming over and violating their potty training and pooping on my shirt, to prove that I made the wrong choice, or screaming in terror at my color preferences. Every birdie is a critic.
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