A Grain of Sand

As July winds down, I can feel the energy of early summer passing into late summer, and my mood is tinged with anticipation for the ‘start’ of the academic year in the fall. A segment on NPR this morning regarding our microbiome caught my attention; 90% of the cells on and within us are not “ours”, but are, in fact, spores, bacteria, viruses and fungi. This led me to think about binary concepts such as “us” and “them”, and how this black-and-white worldview seems to promote discord on both the microscopic and macroscopic levels. Perhaps the time has come for us to look more closely at The Gaia Hypothesis and co-evolutionary processes: we ARE the planet, all of us, every last living and non-living thing. To that end we can boldly declare our interdependence. What better way to do that than to play in the great outdoors?


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