online: 11 january 2021
modified: 11 january 2021
29 december 2020 planting seeds and waiting
yesterday i was surprised by the sights of a very thick root belonging
to a tree which perhaps was planted intentionally or accidentally until
the expected result . . . yes or no . . .
i havent previously realised that the word 'radical' probably comes from
'radix' . . . it presumably is a Latin term for that which begins
invisibly underground (but not in the underworld) . . . first there is
the seed bed . . . planted or natural in which are placed seeds which
contain DNA that is supposed being the beginning of life . . .
. . . when this first struck me . . . (the surprising fact that radix or
radical originates in the planting of seeds and the waiting for their
appearance above ground) . . . that and many other critical details from
which the basic principle of farming originates . . .
. . . what surprised me is the conjunction of peaceful growth and
violent processes accompanying it . . . namely cutting, pruning, digging
and what not . . . these seem to have led the planting of seeds and
their transformation into something far greater . . . namely the plant
itself . . . and the uses to which it is put as wood, wool, fibre and
all sorts of outcomes . . . (also eating!)
radical . . . i had always thought was a rough and ready process for
guesswork and control towards an intentional goodness or result . . .
planting seeds and waiting for them as to appear as plants is a
seemingly gentle process affixed to gardening and farming . . . and now
i suppose the artificial product of synthetics which are largely
derivatives of oil . . . (itself organic matter being transformed
underground by geological pressure in darkness) . . .
as i list these marvels i am aware that i am touching what is becoming
the main process of nature that keeps us alive by mixing sunlight or
solar energy, water and other manifestations of the natural . . .
after getting a bit muddled by all these organic complexities emerging
from the simplicity of seeds and planting and harvesting etc etc . . . i
am hoping in what follows to regrasp what is so continuously fruitful as
is 'nature' . . .
pause for a moment to give space to the idea of 'nature' . . .
in particular i come now to the new unknown which i decided to call
'paranature' . . . which like 'parachute' prevents an alternative
reality to the one i was talking before . . .
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