Good Morning, God!
Here’s a photo of me in Tucson. I was walking with my wonderful daughter, Sandy. I’d stopped to gaze UP at a giant saguaro cactus. I think it is the biggest, tallest, most impressive saguaro I have ever seen. And, of course, I wanted to have my picture taken with it!
Perspective? That’s what I thought at the time. Awe? That too. But, there is more . . .
This saguaro captured my Attention as An Other. Another life form . . . another Being? As I gaze at myself looking up at the saguaro, I find myself contemplating the evolution of life here on our planet. First one celled creatures in the oceans . . . then plants and creatures in the ocean . . . then plants and creatures on land . . . then us. US as in human beings . . . as thinking beings? And now we are creating silicon/Creatures who are learning to Think! Yikes!
Back to the saguaro. How long have cactus been around? Cactus developed only in the Americas which means they developed AFTER Gondwana split into South America and Africa (145-101 millions years ago). But, cactus — as we know them — might have developed after the Andes rose . . . increasing arid conditions . . . more like 5-10 million years ago.
So much for the Species Perspective, God! I’m humbled. We humans are such a New Species.
But, looking at this saguaro as a fellow being — I put its age at maybe 150 or 200. Not, God, like the sequoia with their 2-3,000 years. Still, more than twice my age. And standing before it is thought provoking!
Meanwhile, I am home today with the sniffles. I’m not really SICK but I am not well either. It feels as if I am Reassembling myself. An odd term. But, that is what it feels like as I putter and read . . . rest and ponder. Perhaps, God, what I am doing is reassessing myself? And contemplating Perspectives!
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