The Nature of Things

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Looking up at the Hagia Sophia when we were in Turkey recently and entering the enormous doorway reminded me both how small we are and how powerful.
After all it was built by us (humans) and a very long time ago. These structures let us lift our eyes to the heavens for no other reason than to see them. We cannot miss the sky when staring at the height of this magnificent edifice. Of course across the way is the Blue Mosque  built some time later and meant to be bigger – it is.

All our dogs strive to be the highest peers, Liam practically turns himself over to “cover” the pee of Jules or Cho – who also does as high an arc as he can manage. Sometimes when I see the female singers  of today stagger on the highest heels they can’t manage I wonder if something like that is going on. No Ginger Rogers here, a level of competence overshot.

But if we feel too little or too big, if we don’t want to be counted in the animal kingdom, think again, we need to prepare ourselves for ourselves. I am mindful that we look as if we are holding the reins in this world but I think we are far from that much control. We don’t escape the workings of the planet and sometimes we are just like the Galapagos Tortoise*,who I have witnessed in battle, winning because we happen to be standing on a rock. Next time the rock may evade us.

 

According to the San Diego Zoo: When threatened, the tortoise pulls itself into its shell with a hiss. The hissing sound is just the tortoise letting air out of its lungs. If a fight breaks out among males, the tortoises face each other with ferocious glares, open their mouth, and stretch their head as high as they can. Whoever reaches the highest wins, even if he is much smaller overall than the other male! The loser pulls his head in with a noisy hiss, and the battle is over. To us, this looks like they’re just putting on a show; but it’s a serious matter to the tortoises, especially in the wild, where fights occur over mates or a specific food item or clump of food. – See more at: http://animals.sandiegozoo.org/animals/galapagos-tortoise#sthash.0qhSCumT.dpuf

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