12 September 2013

A Lesson In Ecology

Ere long, not only on these banks, but on every hill and plain and in every hollow, the frost comes out of the ground like a dormant quadruped from its burrow, and seeks the sea with music, or migrates to other climes in clouds. Thaw with his gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other but breaks in pieces.

--Thoreau, "Spring" (chapter XVII of Walden)


This is all the ecology one needs to understand.  The human is of Thor-nature.  Not the lightning but the techne of the hammer.

There is a lesson here.

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