Cat Levi-Strauss

“…during the brief intervals in which our species can bring itself to interrupt its hive-like activity, let us grasp the essence of what it was and continues to be, below the threshold of thought and over and above society: in the contemplation of a mineral more beautiful than all our creations; in the scent that can be smelt at the heart of a lily and is more imbued with learning than all our books; or in the brief glance, heavy with patience  serenity and mutual forgiveness, that, through some involuntary understanding, one can sometimes exchange with a cat.”

Claude Levi-Strauss “The Kyong,” Tristes Tropiques

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