Down the hill from my home, I came across a dead crow lying in the road. I was driving on my way out of town and there it lay – peacefully & undisturbed in its post-mortal slumber. The image is burned into my mind.
I have always felt a special affinity for ravens & crows. The myths & archetypes of my ethnic & cultural backgrounds have always placed these birds in a special category amongst animals. They are intelligent & this prompted my ancestors to associate them with knowledge & wisdom. Indeed, they are symbols of the very quality I seek.
To see one dead, lying upon the concrete roadway of a modern human town, the symbolism & the archetypes spin through my thoughts. One could see this as a representation of our modern life – how humanity has set aside the pursuit for wisdom (the crow) for the pursuit of material & economic progress (the roadway). We find the bird dead upon the concrete, a victim of the very technology our human knowledge has created.
On the other hand, we could dig a little deeper & think about the limits of human Knowledge. At times, the dead bird reminds me of how little we do Know & understand about the world, our place in it & the reason for existence itself. Its passing from this world makes me think of how much there is beyond the mere physical that our collective & our individual Knowledge has yet to discover.
Maybe our modern pursuit of progress can be turned into something worthwhile for all of humanity. Maybe we could pour our collective creativity, wonder & urge to explain things into figuring out what is truly important. Maybe we can concentrate more on what makes us happy & what makes our lives feel fulfilled & concentrate a little less on material wants & all those things society tells us we need.
I know this is very idealistic. Yet, when we think about how little we know about ourselves, about the world & about this universe we inhabit – it seems abundantly apparent (to me at least) that our priorities as Individuals need to be re-examined so that we do not become like the crow: a missed opportunity for knowledge found dead on a road.
Let me know what you think. What sorts of thoughts fill you from this musing of mine? What archetypes & symbols do you identify with & what do they make you think & feel? Let me know in the comment section below & thank you for reading my musings.