what we as a species can learn from flora goes well beyond nutrition and aesthetics but also gives us a model for how to learn, grow, and how to be one part of vast symbiotic environment. the same geometric forms dictated in the bodies of hundreds of millions of galaxies are the same as those dictated in the strands of your DNA, the dials of a flower, the skin of a leaf, the patterns on a butterfly’s wings.
in letters from a stoic, seneca writes about how our motto should be to “live in conformity with nature.” to be everywhere is to be nowhere. instead: focus on one thing for the day, and think about it. seneca writes, “this is what i do myself. out of many bits i have been reading i lay hold of one.” how do plants, flowers, vegetables live in accordance with nature?
“ask nature and she will tell you she made both day and night.”
2hr tibetan om mantra:
compared to whale songs:
compared to the voyager recordings of the planets:
chapter sixteen of the tao te ching puts it like this: push far enough towards the void/hold fast enough to quietness/and of the ten thousand things none by can be worked on by you…./see all things howsoever they flourish/return to the root from which they grew./this return to the root is called quietness;/quietness is called submission to fate./what has submitted to fate has become part of the always-so.
to which the stoic might respond: events are indifferent and have no feelings; know what you can control and what you can’t. instead: spiritual progress is made through confronting death and calamity.
stanley kubrick once said in an interview: the most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it’s hostile, but that it’s indifferent. only after we confront this indifference can our species find meaning. however vast the darkness, we must supply the light.