No, dogs do not speak. The sea does not riddle, doplhins do not pray, the vagrant bird neither trusts or distrusts me; what I myself witness is my own forgery. One should forego these overluxuriant metaphors that covertly impute a desire of communication to non-human reality. We ourselves re the only source of meaning, at least on this beach of the Universe. These inscriptions that we insist on finding on every stone, every sand-grain, are in our own hand. People who write letters to thmselves are generally regarded as pathetic, but such is the human condition. We are writing a work so vast, so multivocal, so driven asunder by its own project of becoming coextensive with reality, that when we come across scattered phrases of it we fail to recognize them as our own.

Tim Robinson, Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage