Monster of God

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“Great and terrible flesh eating beasts have always shared landscape with humans. They were part of the ecological matrix with which Homo sapiens evolved. They were a part of the psychological contect in which our sense of idenity as a species arose. They were part of the spiritual systems we invented for coping. The teeth of the predators, their claws, their ferocity and their hunger were grim realities that could be eluded but not forgotten. Every once in a while, a monstrous carnivore emerged like doom from a forest or a river to kill someone and feed on the body. It was a familiar sort of disaster -like auto fatalities today- that must have seemed freshly, shockingly gruesome each time, despite the familiarity. And it conveyed a certain message. Among the earliest forms of human self-awareness was the awareness of being meat.”

www.amazon.com/Monster-God-Man-Eating-Predator-Jungles/dp/0393051404

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    7 Responses to Monster of God

    1. I like this. That little guy reminds me of the Struwwelpeter.

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    2. “Among the earliest forms of human self-awareness was the awareness of being meat.”
      Very cool.

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    3. Nice. That quote is awesome and I’m going to find this book. David Quammen… where have I heard that name before?

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    4. That’s a goddamn shark in our watermill! Kill it with that lil’ Struwwelpeter!

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    5. I’m a shark!
      I’m a shaark!
      Suck my diiiiiick,
      I’m eatin’ your Struwelpeter!

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    6. Looks more like a barracuda to me. With that said…

      You lying so low in the weed
      I bet you gonna ambush me
      You’d have me down, down, down on my knees
      Now, wouldn’t you?
      Barracuda!

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