Thursday, March 31, 2016

A Great Post by Danding Gimenez and Carl Sagan

Here is Scientists Carl Sagan on Trees Powered by Sunlight “Human beings grew up in the forests; we have a natural affinity for them. How lovely a tree is, straining toward the sky. Its leaves harvest sunlight to photosynthesize, so trees compete by shadowing their neighbors. If you look closely, you can often see two trees pushing and shoving with languid grace. Trees are great and beautiful machines, powered by sunlight, taking in water from the ground and carbon dioxide from the air, converting these materials into food for their use and ours. The plant uses the carbohydrates it makes as an energy source to go about its planty business. And we animals, who are ultimately parasites on the plants, steal the carbohydrates so we can go about our business. In eating the plants we combine the carbohydrates with oxygen dissolved in our blood because of our penchant for breathing air, and so extract the energy that makes us go. In the process, we exhale carbon dioxide, which the plants then recycle to make more carbohydrates. What a marvelous cooperative arrangement - plants and animals each inhaling the other’s exhalations, a kind of planet-wide mutual mouth-to-stoma resuscitation, the entire elegant cycle powered by a star 150 million kilometers away.” Here is Danding Gimenez on Trees Nourished by Worms There could hardly be trees or plants without the lowly worm. They help increase the amount of air and water needed by trees and plants. They break down organic matter into forms that trees and plants need for nutrition. Every square foot of soil has at least 10 to 20 worms. Half a million in an acre. They help turn the soil by bringing organic matter from the top and mixing with the soil below. They create tons of fertilizer and millions of passageways for air and soil equal to a 2,000 feet long 6-in pipe per acre. Worms are the solder that fuse lifeless soil with living plants. With this preamble I will discuss in clear metaphors how the ground below affects our lives. This is really a short essay on love. Love is a prime cause. It is the primary human creative force. A musician loves his music so much that he and his music become one. They are fused into one below the ground where their roots become so intertwined that it becomes impossible to separate one from the other. A pianist in performance does not show the thousands of practice hours that preceded the performance. A loving couple are still two above ground but their roots below the surface have fused. An artist so loves his art that he is indistinguishable from it. A scientist and his science are fused. Einstein and Relativity are one being. Not two. A craftsman and his craft become one. Poch and atheism are fused into one by their underground roots. One cannot think of Poch without also thinking of atheism. This fusion is the result of love. Love for a person or an idea or a principle. Those who see life this way understand that life and love are one and the same. They may look different above ground. But underneath, they are the same.“ My dear Danding Gimenez, what a great and truthful post. A great many thanks. This month I will be 80 years old and I deeply regret that I have had but a short, brief, fleeting life in my duty and responsibility to spread more beauty and more sanity behind atheism in our spiritually poor, morally bankrupt, God-forsaken country. Cheers! Poch Suzara, April 1,2016 Google, Twitter# Facebook#

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