"We don’t know where we belong, but in times of sorrow it doesn’t seem to be here, here with these silly pansies and witless mountains, here with sponges and hard-eyes birds. In times of sorrow the innocence of the other creatures- from whom and with whom we evolved- seems a mockery. their ways are not our ways. We seem set among them as among lifelike props for a tragedy- or a broad lampoon- on a thrust rock stage.
It doesn’t seem to be here that we belong, here where space is curved, the earth is round, we’re all going to die, and it seems as wise to stay in bed as budge. It is strange here, not quite warm enough, or too warm, too leafy, or inedible, or windy, or dead. It is not, frankly, the sort of home for people one would have thought of- although I lack the fancy to imagine another."
- Annie Dillard- Teaching a Stone to Talk