“A pine cut down, a dead pine, is no more a pine than a dead human carcass is a man. Can he who has discovered only some of the values of whalebone and whale oil be said to have discovered the true use of the whale? Can he who slays the elephant for his ivory be said to have “seen the elephant”? These are petty and accidental uses; just as if a stronger race were to kill us in order to make buttons and flageolets of our bones; for everything may serve a lower as well as a higher use. Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine-trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.” - Henry David Thoreau
With masks down, I walk, talking to the moon, to the neutral impersonal force that does not hear, but merely accepts my being.
Remember, remember, this is now & now & now. Live it, feel it, cling to it. I want to become acutely aware of all I’ve taken for granted.