The Truth of Interdependence
Picking a leaf off the ground and contemplatingit as an object in and of itself is very inspiring.and color, the way it feels in your hand, its delicate veins and thestem that once held it fast to the branch of a tree—all of these qualities reveal a leaf to be a miniature work ofnatural art.deeply and consider where it came from and what purpose ithas served, we find that the leaf is onesmall but essential part of a system that harnessesthe energy of the sun, plumbs the depths of the earth, and in the processbrings into being the oxygen many living things rely on to live.
A leaf transforms the elements of its environment—sunlight, carbon dioxide, rain—into nourishment for its tree.This beautiful, nearly weightless,ephemeral piece of nature is a vital conduit to thebranch that is a conduit to the trunk that is aconduit to the roots of the tree.The roots, in turn, draw nourishment from theearth to feed the trunk,the branches, and the leaves.living beings that inhale the oxygenthat comes from this process exhale the carbondioxide that feeds the leaves throughwhich the tree is fed.where one cycle ends and another one begins.
One of the many gifts that nature offers usis a clear demonstration of theinterdependence between all living things.The person who exhalesthe carbon dioxide, the clouds that produce therain, the sun that gives light, the leaf that transformsall these things into sustenance for a tree—not one of these could survive without being part of this cycle.
Each living being is dependent uponother living things for its survival.When we look at the world,we see that this is not a place wheredifferent beings survive independently of oneanother.to each other through a spinning kaleidoscopeof relationships.We need each other to survive and thrive.TY OM
Earth is home to a web of living things that are connected
It is difficult to know
As we contemplate this small object more