Abram’s tale of magic and medicine is a great deal different than what’s expected. While he could rant on about natural medicine, religious based healing, or shaman’s throughout the world. He rather talks about the intricacies of life. While on the outside things seem uninteresting, simple, and mundane it can turn into an array of wonder. A single spider’s web turns into a cluster of beautifully traced designs. All coming from a single source. Some might believe the spiritual offering is when he came around to the idea of non-human forces working at play, but I believe otherwise. His experience in a crammed cave during a monsoon pushed him to discover how detailed life truly is.
“I had the distinct impression that I was watching the universe being born, galaxy upon galaxy” (Page 19). His newfound love of the world was pushed by the belief of the world around him. Which is denied by the constant use of a phone. Phones are an amazing invention made to build connections and relationships, yet we can get lost in them. I could be on my phone now or I could be walking, playing with my brother, eating with my family. Life gets in the way of phone time when it should be the complete opposite. Nature is back-tracked for the one-track minds of phone users. Keep it charged, keep it clean, keep it in good condition. When sometimes we neglect to do these basic needs for ourselves.
The connection to nature we all felt as kids has lingered. I remember digging up quartz in the woods behind my grandparent’s house. Searching for precious stones we thought were jewels. Dipping a bucket into a pond in order to catch frogs. I don’t remember the last time I was deep in the woods. To the point I needed a compass or map, something to keep me on the right track. The condor’s in our lives can eat us away and keep us from moving on to the next thing. Similar to how the condors that take care of the deceased help those who believe move on to the next life.
Reality has become faded between the lines of our texts and the way to put yourself back in that childlike state of wonder is to go outside. As of now, outside is scary. Parks could be crowded and pools are closed. Outside on a porch just breathing the air.
Dillard’s journey with a weasel leaves me with a thought of how similar we are to animals. If animals could create technology, perhaps they too would get lost in it. They live within nature as we can only hope to achieve. Abram and Dillard both take things that a standard person could see and turn them into life-changing experiences. A spider web can mean so much more than just silk. A weasel can be a symbol of persistence and a key to thinking about how an animal thinks. “I would like to live as I should, as the weasels live as they should” (Page 68). Her need to progress, no one binds you to a certain life, you choose your life. Dillard believes in the exploration of one’s life and the appreciation for those simple things around us. They are similar in their new fondness of living and different in their ways of how to continue.