The Hubris Question

I was a child when I first heard someone pose what I have come to think of as the hubris question. You’ve heard it yourself: the question about the tree falling in the woods. If no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

Only in a culture as disconnected from the natural world as ours could such a scenario be conjured up to illustrate the concept of sound waves. Any other culture — any sane culture — would immediately understand that if there is a woods, then there is always someone there to hear it.

Tens of thousands of someones. Millions of someones. In every woods.

Even the falling tree is someone.

It’s arrogant to think you have to be human to be someone.

 

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