Imagine, for example, birds.
When they look out at the world, they have a sense that they are alive. If they are in pain, they can do something about it. If they have hunger or thirst, they can satisfy that. It’s this basic feeling that there is life ticking away inside of you.
António Damásio, Los Angeles Times, Conversations in science interview
Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain.
Douglas Coupland, Life After God