All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray.

(III,2,2)

What is it that causes the leaves to turn brown and the sky to become grey. The image reveals a broken glass bubble. Within resides a tree full of life and vitality. From this biological life form comes forth the air we breathe. The trees are the sustainers of the world in which we are able to have being and existence, a unitary system which supports the entire body of the earth. Who are their protectors and shepherds if not humankind. The cyclic process that nature puts into motion is with purpose; a reflection of that which is truly one. It provides a ground for all elements to act in accordance. Our understanding of this through the lens of physical science is a wonder to behold. However, there are other perspectives, for ‘one seeing the plant as a whole, there is no other first and last than simply that of the order.’ (IV,4,1) In other words there is a collective unity that comes into play that does not put man on top and the grass below his feet. To violate the natural order is with consequence. All components of the whole are part and parcel of the one. The neglect of one member is to the detriment of all other members. There is another aspect of nature that seems to be contrary to beauty. It wants to kill you. Just as a river will put pressure on the dam that blocks its course, nature moves against that which infringes its process. The physical objective view of nature’s operation may not be enough to understand its fullness. We may have to return to the ontological and metaphysical so as to grasp all the layers of wholeness and who is to say that nature is not exerting itself now to reveal her image of the upper reality by breaking down the infrastructure of a bubble society…

JY

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About Jason Youngman

An explorer of volition and soul, a song under a night's sky and a dream that forever yearns to be.
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