Monday, November 8, 2010
A Piece of the Puzzle
As a naturalist, every new experience I have with the natural world makes me feel like I have discovered one more piece of life's puzzle. As different as a human may seem from a green shield bug, we are all a part of the same process, and of the same natural system from which all life has arisen. We have a shared genetic history that is far more important than the narrow focus of human geopolitical history. I can't help but think that any insight I gain into the lives of the living creatures around me ultimately helps me to expand my understanding of who and what I am. Every piece of the puzzle is important, and although a lifetime of searching will never give me a clear view of the entire picture, I am compelled to learn as much as I can about the universe in which I live during the limited time in which I am here. Today that means paying attention to a tiny green and black bug on the wall of a building. Tomorrow that means remaining open and observant to whatever wonders the universe sees fit to send my way.