Gathering ideas 2: Earth Songs

Staring back at the world it seems remarkable that this is mankind’s crowning achievement. While other species scrabble in the dirt, living from biological impulse to biological impulse, we turned our attention to mastering first the earth around us and then the skies above us. We’re so used to seeing it from this distance, the pictures broadcast from satellites and the space stations, that we have known what our planet looks like. We have seen the lights clustering like swarming fireflies, storms gather, fires rage. From over two hundred miles away our astronauts sent back instantaneous photographs as if they …

Gathering ideas – Earth Songs

Sing me a song. A song of beauty and starlight, a song that echoes through the universe and bounces off the stars, a song that haunts the shadows of the forests and revels in the midnight heat of the deserts. sing to me of the eternity of the mountains, the fleeting life of the dragonfly – is it endless to the creature in its midst? If we feel the mountains last for ever, are we as mountains to the mayfly that flits above the water for but a day? Sing me a melody of the water gushing from the earth, rustling, rattling, gurgling, …