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Sunday, August 21, 2016


Other Worlds

There are worlds of experience beyond the world of aggressive man, beyond history, beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit.”
Ansel Adams

Sometimes, we get so caught up in the day-to-day madness of our aggressive human world that we forget the many other worlds that exist beyond our own here on planet Earth. We forget there's a whole cosmos of essential microbial life, upon which our own lives depend, living on us, and around us, and within us. They preceded us and will, no doubt, live on beyond us. We forget, or perhaps never knew, that there are small fish near the steam vents in the depths of the ocean, that no longer need a digestive tract, including a mouth, because they produce food from micro-organisms living within them. We forget that beyond the wars of man, the destruction of temples, and the political ins and outs, mountain goats walk on rock ledges as they have always done. Swans still fly their migration routes, and soon will congregate at wildlife refuges on their return flights. We forget that Mother Nature, and Father Nature, too, put on a show called the Aurora Borealis, whether we are watching or not. Cicadas sing their loud anthem every night, regardless of human listening.

There is still great art, and great nature, that speak directly to the soul. “Leave your human wars,” they say, “and come, refresh your spirit here.”

                                                    In the Spirit,


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