Single Family Dwelling, Biosphere Included

There is an ant hill in my front yard. It’s been there since I moved in almost 10 years ago and will probably survive until such a time someone moves in here that cannot tolerate them. There are also these very unique slugs, which are only in a few areas of Ontario and are thought to have been brought over from Europe over 100 years ago. They are for all intents and purposes, snails without their shells, and when snails don’t have shells to keep them small they grow as big as a cigar and they have a desire for left over dog food. I read somewhere that snails and slugs literally live within a four meter range, if I wanted to ‘get rid’ of these, I could move them four meters away and they likely wouldn’t come back, but I actually like the slugs, they are beautiful, they are incredibly vulnerable, they are part of our little super organism here at the studio and have been around a lot longer than I have. My dog Pippin is used to burying any leftover food so the slugs can’t eat it, and everything is under control. And as for the ants, I feel bad to see one of them stepped on, because I know that each ant ‘belongs’ to something much bigger, the ant super organism – their colony.

I recognise that life existed before me and will continue to after me, and I respect that I am not the only ‘thing’ benefiting from this little space I call home.

If you follow the Gaia theory it suggests that earth itself is a super organism, that every ant and slug and human being has its purpose and that when set off balance, a colony collapse can happen. The theory suggests that the Earth's atmospheric composition is kept at a dynamically steady state by the presence of life, ALL life. Earth’s natural systems are what we depend on to breathe, to grow food, to stay hydrated, yet we treat these natural processes with such disregard. We think it’s ok to just let chemicals run off into our water systems, to build huge dams and reroute water as we wish, to remove any colonies of plant or organisms that may be seen as in our way.

The very Biosphere that so magically exists is so much smarter and more complex than we can ever be. It’s a mystery to me why every human being on earth can’t see how delicate and precious our life here really is.

The ants, the coral, and other super organisms, they know how to build something great together; they exist for and with each other with one common purpose.

Imagine what human beings could create, if suddenly we woke up to the opportunity of working together to achieve one common goal, the goal to protect the environment in which we live, every corner of it, and if that was the most important thing we could ever think of.

Because in the grand scheme of things, we are really only a small ant hill in the universe, and if we don’t start working together to achieve a common goal, it will be a dried up ant hill that no longer provides the habitat that we, and every other living form on earth, need to survive.

Gaia Prayer
That seed springeth
That flower openeth
That grass groweth
We praise Thee
For winds that whisper
Through the shining birch
Through the lively pines
Through the mighty oak
We praise Thee
For all things
Oh Earth Mother
who gives life.



Please join me on a trip through the Starfield.

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  • dankitti

    dankitti

    I just posted a YouTube video with a squirrel! Also, I have birdies outside my window. Tiny baby birdies and they are chirping. That's fun. I get to hear their cute little chirpy song. I have my own biosphere here too, squirrel, kitty and birdies.

    I just posted a YouTube video with a squirrel! Also, I have birdies outside my window. Tiny baby birdies and they are chirping. That's fun. I get to hear their cute little chirpy song. I have my own biosphere here too, squirrel, kitty and birdies.

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