Otters Hold Hands and Ants Bury Their Dead

David Price
4 min readDec 4, 2023
Jeff Stanford

I think it’s a deep consolation to know that spiders dream, that monkeys tease predators, that dolphins have accents, that lions can be scared silly by a lone mongoose, that otters hold hands, and ants bury their dead. That there isn’t their life and our life. Nor your life and my life. That it’s just one teetering and endless thread and all of us, all of us, are entangled with it as deep as entanglement goes.

— From Kate Forster

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Where their words, stories, and paintings failed them, their dancing took over. It was almost as if they knew how the great unknown and imponderables of their own lives had to be acted out, to be fully lived to the end in a way for which the dancing was sponsor, before it could be known and another great fragment of universal mystery transformed into living wonder. So they danced as only the stars and Shiva danced at the heart of the stillness of the dark to shake it into light.

— by Laurens van der Post

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The bottom line is this: You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can’t, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world.

— James Baldwin

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Do not wait until you are dying

to understand your spiritual nature…It is from this mind of intrinsic wisdom and compassion that you can truly benefit others.

~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, ‘Life In Relation To Death’

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Some societies have ways of supporting intrinsic wisdom and some don’t. Our culture seems to have lost the thread. Our inculturated vision of ourselves and what our purpose might be runs counter to any intrinsic wisdom we might have. Our education and socialization weigh heavy on us because they leave so little room for our inspiring dreams of beauty.

The change the world needs can only happen from that intrinsic source that we in our civilization have forgotten. There are of course people who haven’t forgotten, who are trying to stay in touch with it, but they work against a very entrenched psychology with a long history. It’s interesting to read about cultures that heal their vision of the…

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David Price

I write about creativity, loving, language learning and psycho/spirituality. I’m a longtime painter and reader.