online: 11 january 2021
modified: 11 january 2021

29 december 2020 planting seeds and waiting patiently


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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