A Web of Life blog on our interconnectivity by William Graham begins like this:
Nothing exists solely on its own. From the most minuscule atomic particle to the grandest galaxies, the past, the present, and the future of every animate and inanimate being in our universe, including human beings, is defined by its interconnection to everything else. If any of these links are broken, Nature at any scale will change or simply not operate.
We human beings are interdependent organisms with a legacy that is represented in both living organisms and non-living natural objects. Like the rocks, mountains, lions, and ants, we are all made from the same basic atomic materials. We are equal partners with everything else in the Universe. The health of both our interconnected bodies and our interconnected surroundings is essential to our existence.
The single greatest obstacle to ecological sustainability on Earth is the outdated world view that places humanity external and superior to Nature. Nonetheless, everything in Nature is interconnected. This idea has been very familiar in both the spiritual and aesthetic worldviews for a very long time. More recently, interconnectivity and interdependence in Nature have become scientific fact. We now know that life on Earth would cease to function if interconnectivity did not exist. We now know that humanity is not external or superior to Nature. Indeed, humanity is an integral part of Nature just like every other creature on this planet.
Patterns In Nature conjure up images like the spiral horns in sheep, ocean waves, sand dunes, and other regular or irregular shapes for us to enjoy, to meditate upon, and to study. However, Nature’s patterns also represent something much deeper. All of Nature’s patterns are physical manifestations of interconnected, interdependent networks of conduits that transform and transport our sun’s energy to all living and non-living things on our planet. Without these networks of energy flow, all objects and creatures on Earth would cease to exist because they could not receive the energy necessary to function. …
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