The death of earth is to become water / and the death of water is to become air / and the death of air is to become fire / and reversely, Heraclitus says. I say / the death of us / is to become.
∆ Heather McHugh, "Hinge & Sign"
I would say that there exist a thousand unbreakable links between each of us and everything else, and that our dignity and our chances are one. The farthest star and the mud at our feet are a family; and there is no decency or sense in honoring one thing, or a few things, and then closing the list. The pine tree, the leopard, the Platte River, and ourselves - we are at risk together, or we are on our way to a sustainable world together. We are each other’s destiny.
∆ Mary Oliver, “Winter Hours,” in Upstream: Selected Essays. (New York: Penguin Press, 2016), 154.
“To be alive in this beautiful, self-organizing universe – to participate in the dance of life with senses to perceive it, lungs that breathe it, organs that draw nourishment from it – is a wonder beyond words.”
Existence is fractal - the health of the cell is the health of the species and the planet.