Just for a couple of minutes the total eclipse was shown on the BBC News this evening and I must say it was quite awe-inspiring. It did set me wondering what early man must have thought when such phenomena occurred. Were they afraid, did they think that the end of the world had come - or did they indeed think of their existence in terms of living in a 'world'? I am sure they didn't.
In fact, we can't begin to imagine how they viewed anything can we? Up to the invention of writing and with it the possibility of being able to write one's thoughts and feelings down, we can't know much at all about how our ancient ancestors thought. From relics and artefacts we can deduce a lot about how they lived and ate and fought one another. But thinking - now that is a different matter altogether.
Having thought about it for a bit I suppose it is still true that none of us know what people think, do we? We only know what they choose to tell us and quite often that is what they think we want to hear rather than what they really think.
Right, that's enough of the 'deep' stuff for today.
Thank you to everyone who took the trouble to give me a wide variety of book titles for my book club. I have sent for Bernhard Schlink's 'The Reader' for a start, so thank you Rachel for that suggestion - I will let you know how I find it.
What books we like is another thing which varies from one person to another. I have just had quite a struggle with Zadie Smith's 'Swingtime' - a very good book but not an easy one to read.
I got in quite a mess ordering it from Amazon - accidentally involving 'Prime' and accidentally ordering it twice. But I persevered and eventually got both things corrected (Prime cancelled and one book order cancelled). As with all things computer I find that the only way is to keep doing it oneself until it comes right - otherwise life is made up of always asking someone else to do it for me.
Perfect warm Autumn morning has given way to cloudy, cool conditions. In spite of very bad arthritis today I shall now go down the Lane with Tess for a short walk. With my Winter fleece on!