Impermanence/Permanence?

February 28, 2016

BW photograph of Big Hunting Creek after snowmelt

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Buddhist monks practice a concept called “impermanence,” which essentially means that all things are time-limited.  For example, running water is never the same from one instant to the next.

BW photograph of a tree trunk that is decaying

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Organic beings most certainly succumb to this reality.

BW photograph of a thrown away Minute Maid juice bottle lying in a pile of sticks

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However, all bets are off with regard to the application of impermanence to synthetic objects.

BW photograph of a thrown away plastic iced tea bottle beside a decaying log

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

There are varying estimates for the longevity of plastic, but it does not decay as does organic material-it becomes more and more brittle and then breaks into smaller and smaller pieces.  The log in the above photograph will be long gone before the same can be said for the plastic bottle.

Reduce and reuse, but certainly do not just throw away or leave behind-more than diamonds last “forever”.

Take care.

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One Response to “Impermanence/Permanence?”


  1. Very symbolic post in regards to a few happenings in my life this week.


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