culture, God, Life, nature, photography
So I’m sitting at the poker table last night trying patiently to recoup some early losses. When I tire of the semi-drunken banter I fit earbuds in and listen to some Stan Getz and Chet Baker from Quintessence, or the Tomasz Stanko Quartet from Lontano. I sprinkle in a side of Essential Mozart and Erik Satie’s Gymnopedies, but all the while the cards are cold and I’m musing abstractedly on the uncountable, myriad, braided but ever flowing streams of Life.
Last post I wrote of us being mere ‘cells in the greater civic organism.’ I could have said ‘cells in a greater social organism’ or ‘cells in a greater cultural organism,’ but chose ‘civic’ instead.
All Life has duration, an allotted span. Individuals–whether plant or animal–are born, grow, mature, perhaps reproduce (at least enough do so the species survives), age, and pass on. The stream flows on down through the generations.
To me, ‘social’, ‘cultural’, and ‘civic’ are like the youth, maturity, and old age of another type of organism, a sort of super-organism containing the great collective stream flows of innumerable numbers of humans.
There are 7 billion of us now, and we’ve become so dominant that we have succeeded in marginalizing a large number of other stream flow species, again whether plant or animal.
Yesterday my wife, son, and I went for a morning walk. The photo of our Calgary city skyline was taken from an old bridge spanning a branch of the Bow River not far from where we live. Further along on our walk I pulled out the camera again and took photos of some of the other stream flow species we humans in our cities have impacted in our career.
A nice way to end this post, which has gone on, just like the poker last night.
Life is ALL…. ya whatever….
Miss Demure Restraint said:
‘social’, ‘cultural’, and ‘civic’ are like the youth, maturity, and old age , , ,
I have never associated social, cultural and civic nor would I have thought to. I see the sense of it and relationship to youth, maturity and old age now that you have put it in front of me.
Off topic . . . I really like the picture of the big cat. and the river. I was wondering where it was. I think I would really like Canada.
You always make me use my brain. It is a challenge at times, but its good to excercise the muscle.
Uh oh, the last thing I want to be is “thought provoking”, as they label all art that is well… who knows? As for the photos, I don’t do internet-an-image, so all photos on the blog are taken by me in and around Calgary, Alberta. For the ‘Streams’ post I used photos taken during a walk yesterday morning, no bull. We’re fortunate enough to live across the Bow River from the Calgary Zoo, where the animals pictured are housed mostly in the Canadian Wilds section, except for the gorillas, which in spite of the chill were out and having fun in the pale sun.
Thanks for reading and commenting, MDR, and blessings to you and all (including fashionista daughter)
William Lawson said:
Beautiful photos. Enriched my day. Thanks!