I just wanted to share
Annie Dillard is probably one of my favorite naturalist writers. She has a wonderful essay in her book Teaching a stone to talk about the total eclipse.
However one of the things I love about Annie Dillard's work is that she is often looking at our humanity in such a fascinating way.
One of my favorite segments is here
One is the old joke about breakfast. “It can never be satisfied, the mind, never.” Wallace Stevens wrote that, and in the long run he was right. The mind wants to live forever, or to learn a very good reason why not. The mind wants the world to return its love, or its awareness; the mind wants to know all the world, and all eternity, and God. The mind’s sidekick, however, will settle for two eggs over easy.
The dear, stupid body is as easily satisfied as a spaniel. And, incredibly, the simple spaniel can lure the brawling mind to its dish. It is everlastingly funny that the proud, metaphysically ambitious, clamoring mind will hush if you give it an egg.
You can read her essay here.