Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Weave me the sunshine?

photo of Spring sunrise with crescent moon
© harrington
Welcome. Thanks for stopping by. There's a tiny light spot in the right-center of the picture, a little less than midway between the tree line and the top of the picture. That's the crescent moon. It was much more intriguing "in person" as I was leaving for work the other morning. Spring is once again stutter-stepping into Minnesota. The days are getting longer, Skies are, on occasion, clear. Grass is greening up and the sound of lawn mowers and tractors can be heard throughout the land. his is getting to be the time of year when rustic and idyllic start to become synonymous. Hornets are building nests on the soffits. Reports are coming in that the local tick population is thriving. Yesterday, four white tail does bedded down on the top of the backyard hill. Soon they'll be giving birth to this year's batch of fawns. Do you know what biophilia is? E.O. Wilson wrote a book about it suggesting that there is an instinctive bond between humans and other living systems. I'm not sure but I suspect it might be the antithesis of cabin fever. Another way to think about it however is to find nature wherever you are. Although we often lose track or intentionally think otherwise, we are part of nature and nature is part of us. Too often we mistake the mechanical metaphor of the universe and the world we live in with a reality that is organic, emergent and self-organizing. Thinking or believing we have the ability to manage the world (geo-engineering anyone?) is as legitimate as thinking we can control the sunrise because we know what time it will occur. It seems to me the world would be a better place if more of us were more humble more of the time. Speaking strictly for myself, I have good cause to show more humility. What about you? Can you create something as beautiful as the sunrise? Thanks for listening. Rants, raves and reflections served here daily.