The Future of Life
Life is the ability of self-replicating organisms being able to react to the environment. Life is also a quality of an environment. When an environment is said to have life, it means it is energized, which is a way of saying it holds enough energy for dynamic growth and change. It is an older use of the word “life”, but not a use that has been superseded, and not one which is purely the business of poetry.
A Living Landscape
Spring runoff after a frosty night.
I think it is possible to join the two senses and to say that environments are alive.
As the German philosopher Martin Heidegger argued in the 1920s and the anti-nuclear activist Jonathan Schell argued in the 1970s, life is future potentiality, and only secondarily present realizations of it.
Lichen and Moss on Sagebrush Trunk
In the image above, the future of the living sage is its current…
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