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An Animated Ode to What a Dog Can Teach Us About the Meaning of Life | Brain Pickings

British singer, songwriter, and guitarist Nat Johnson captures with equal parts playfulness and poignancy in her single Dog — an homage not to Dog as a creature or a pet but as a disposition to the world, a way of life.


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Mastering the art of unselfconscious presence.

“Because of the dog’s joyfulness,” Mary Oliver wrote in her exquisite Dog Songs,“our own is increased. It is no small gift.”Dogs have inspired literature, been muses to art, and garnered the label of “genius.” But the true gift of Dog — the gentle and ineffable essence of dogness — remains precisely that capacity for unselfconscious joyfulness. In a world obsessed with productivity, Dog might be our greatest gateway to pure presence.

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