20 February 2012
Our relationship with Earth is paradoxical. We struggle with the forces of nature and seek to dominate Earth, but we need Earth's air, water, food, and shelter to stay alive. We travel and explore Earth, but we need Earth's energy to overcome gravity and inertia. We claim to own land on Earth, but when we die, the land reclaims our bodies. In the midst of our struggles with the forces of nature, we tend to forget that life is a magical, mysterious gift that Earth creates, controls, cancels, and recycles. Life and death have no meaning apart from Earth.
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Retired, Eagle Rock, MO, USA
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