“...it is written that animals are divided into (a) those that belong to the emperor; (b) embalmed ones; (c) those that are trained; (d) suckling pigs; (e) mermaids; (f) fabulous ones; (g) stray dogs; (h) those that are included in this classification; (i) those that tremble as if they were mad; (j) innumerable ones; (k) those drawn with a very fine camel’s-hair brush; (l) etcetera; (m) those that have just broken the flower vase; (n) those that at a distance resemble flies.” —Borges
My Book of Caves
There are practices that liberate and practices that shackle. Some bodily posturings allow for spontaneous escape from gravity while others increase it, hastening mortality. Paradoxically, rolling up like a spider or armadillo facilitates all journeys to the moon, and this is because the traveler can be easily blown through space in that form, as if a ball shot by gunpowder.