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The Animal’s Song: music as the ocean of meaning from which the named and numbered rivers of human language have channeled and carved out words. (Meaning is never held solely within the signifier of the word, especially when the word is intoned, or musical.) Even more than the capacity for language, a narrative understanding of the world has traditionally been viewed as an essential part of the human experience. Through narrative, the chaos of stimuli we encounter becomes building blocks that shifting into place to build expectations and understandings that give us a sense of place, time, and identity. It is through narrative that we organize life and understand beginnings and ends. Narratives are related to the biological in that they originate in experience and observation of life; however, narratives, passed down through culture, also color how we interpret experience. Our actions, guided by cultural morals and norms, then map these guiding narratives back onto the world. In this way the loop between the narrative that is a distillation of Life and the Life that lies outside the narrative is connected through human action.