"Life is not a problem to be solved,
reality to be experienced."
"For in Truth it is
Life that gives onto Life
while you, who deem yourself a giver, are but a witness."
Gibran, The Prophet
death in bamboo thickets
death on sandy beaches
when the porpoise joins with a nod
and a flip of his
great hammerhead shark surfaces,
the boat and disappears..
or cobra hovers,
head three feet in the
and makes his way past..
a killer whale nudging the boat
scorpions beneath the groundsheet..
a razorback charging out of the
floating in crystal blue over tropical reefs,
kaleidoscope in flesh finned feathers
hanging in blue
suspended by white silk,
one with clouds,
one with the dominion of birds
at the edge of the void.
a walk to the edge of the universe,
into the void,
returning to Earth
and shared dream
where in some realms
where no Medicine is allowed
for the illusion of madness,
even madmen are held accountable
for their actions.
Ronald Douglas Bunston
"The more you learn, the more you realize that
we're just scratching on the surface of life. We don't know the whole story
What is life? No one knows. Life
is aware of itself the moment it
becomes life, that much is certain - and yet it does not know what it is .
sensitivity to stimuli, is
undoubtedly aroused to some extent at even the lowest, most undeveloped stages
of life's occurrence; it is impossible to tie the emergence of
consciousness to any particular point in
life's general or individual history - to link it, for instance, to the
presence of a nervous system.
The lowest animals have no nervous
systems, let alone a cerebral cortex, and yet
no one dares deny that they are capable of responding to stimuli. You can
anesthetize life, life itself, not just the special organs capable of the
response that informs life, not just the nerves. You could temporarily suspend
the responses of every speck of living matter, in both the plant and animal
kingdoms, narcotize eggs and sperm with chloroform,
chloral hydrate, or
Consciousness of self is an inherent function of matter once it
is organized as life, and if that function is enhanced it appears to turn
against the organism that strives to fathom and explain the very
phenomenon that produced it, a
striving of life to comprehend
itself, as if nature were rummaging to find itself in itself.
What is life? No one knows. No one can pinpoint when life
first emerged from nature. Nothing in the realm of life is self-actuated, yet
life seemed to have actuated itself. If anything can be said about life, then,
it is this: life's structure is
so highly developed that nothing like it could occur in the inanimate world.
The distance between an amoeba - a pseudopod - and a vertebrate is minor,
insignificant in comparison to that between the simplest
form of life and inorganic matter,
which does not even deserve to be called dead - because
death is merely the logical
negation of life. Between life and inanimate nature is a yawning
What is life? Life is
warmth, the warmth produced by instability attempting to preserve
form, a fever of matter that
accompanies the ceaseless dissolution and renewal of protein molecules, themselves
transient in their complex and intricate
construction. Life is the existence of what,
in actuality, has no inherent ability to exist, but only
balances with sweet, painful
precariousness on one point of existence in the midst of this feverish,
interwoven process of decay and repair.
What is life? Life is not matter, it
is not spirit. Life is something in
between the two, a phenomenon
borne by matter, like the rainbow above a
waterfall, like a flame. But although it is
not material, life is sensual to the point of lust
and revulsion, it is matter shamelessly sensitive to stimuli
within and without - existence in
its lewd form. Life is a secret,
sensate stirring in the chaste chill of space. Life is furtive, lascivious,
sordid - nourishment sucked in and excreted, an exhalation of
carbon dioxide and other foul
impurities of a mysterious origin and nature. Out of overcompensation for its
own instability, yet governed by its own inherent laws of formation, a bloated
concoction of water, protein, salt, and fats - what we call flesh - ran riot,
unfolded; and took shape, achieving form, beauty, and yet all the while was
the quintessence of sensual desire. This form and this beauty are not derived
from the spirit, as in works of
music, nor derived from some neutral
material both consumed by spirit and
innocently embodying it, as is the case with the
form and beauty of the visual arts. Rather, they
are derived from and perfected by substances awakened to sexual passion, to
reproduction, by decomposing and composing organic matter itself, by reeking
-from The Magic Mountain, Thomas
"Over the last 25 years a new understanding of life has emerged at
I want to illustrate this new understanding by asking
the age-old question, what is life?
What's the difference between a
rock and a plant, animal, or microorganism? To understand the nature of life,
it is not enough to understand DNA, proteins, and the other molecular
structures that are the building blocks of living organisms, because these
structures also exist in dead organisms, for example, in a dead piece of wood
The difference between a living organism and a dead organism
lies in the basic process of life in what sages and poets throughout the
ages have called the "breath of life."
In modern scientific language,
this process of life is called "metabolism." It is the ceaseless flow of energy
and matter through a network of chemical reactions, which enables a living
organism to continually generate, repair, and perpetuate itself. In other
words, metabolism involves the intake, digestion, and
transformation of food.
Metabolism is the central characteristic of biological life.
But understanding metabolism is not enough to understand life.
When we study the structures, metabolic processes, and evolution of the
myriads of species on the planet, we notice that the outstanding characteristic
of our biosphere is that it has sustained life for billions of years.
How does the Earth do that? How does nature sustain life?" -
Living is a process.
reality of life.
Life lives on life.
life is unique.
All life is individual.
All life lives but once
Each unique individual
organic life will realistically end.
Compassion life for its individual uniqueness -
it is sacred.
simply by accepting the reality of life.
Redemption comes simply by respecting each and
every individual life.
redemption comes from immersion in the
process of living by the irrefutable moral code of respect toward all
As we understand that
all life lives on life we
must respect all life. As we must harvest natural resources in order to live we
must remain mindful of current and
future consequences to all human
and other life forms as we harvest and use those natural resources.
This is not only a moral imperative, but is in
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