Tuesday, September 02, 2008

As if there wasn't enough to worry about...

You ready to worry about something new? How about your nitrogen footprint? This is one of the worries that scientists express in this New York Times article about the role of nitrogen in our world. So much of our modern world has been about altering the rhythms of our world. For instance bananas in December. Our expectations change that we are willing to take silly risks, for instance about the excessive fertilization that occurs in the U.S. midwest:

“Look,” she said, “you just can’t have all these states and all these communities knowingly overfertilizing their land because they want a bumper crop every year. That’s just all kinds of bad. But Des Moines, for example, is willing to filter their drinking water to an extra degree just to be able to flood their water supply with more-than-normal levels of fertilizer.”

Earlier this week at work somehow the topic of this movie Koyaanisqatsi came up. The movie while still mesmerizing, it's techniques feel dated. However the themes of the movie are still highly relevant in the title of the movie which means "life out of balance" in the Hopi Language. If life is not a matter of balance, but a matter of timing. Wisdom that we have known for the ages....

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.


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