Flattened: A Metaphor

March 29, 2018

 

BW photograph of a crushed Nestle water bottle in a parking lot.

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Bw photograph of a crushed Coca Cola can laying beside a road.

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BW photograph of a crushed plastic bottle beside a road.

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This is what happens when a larger, much more powerful, robust force meets a smaller, much more malleable, and relatively fragile object.

In the Anthropocene Era, there are many examples of the human/other species interaction that results in a hard time for the other species.

In a 2015 National Geographic interview, Elizabeth Kolbert discusses those outcomes.  She also acknowledges the adaptability of the human species while at the same time making the argument that it is best to not push these limits further.  Reading on, is it not interesting that the question about human survivability in a changing environment arises?  That is a key point and question.

BW photograph of a damaged guardrail after a crash.

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From playing football for many years, one lesson I learned was that there was/is always someone bigger, faster, and more powerful than you.  Play long enough and it is only a matter of time until you encounter such a situation.

BW photograph of a broken headlight and bottle amid leaves beside a road.

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Yes, there are techniques that can be employed to counter those disadvantages, but there is a clear limit at which technique does not matter-you are going to get tossed about.  The human lifestyle has altered the natural environment in such a way that many species have not the time to make adjustments-hence the Sixth Extinction.  Ironically, and appropriately, John McPhee’s The Control of Nature discusses several attempts that humans have made with wrangling Mother Nature to conform with the human will.  That does not always turn out so well for humans.

Cormac McCarthy has written about a different form of adaptation.

Take care.

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