The end of our journey

This marks the end of the fall semester here at St. Joseph’s College and the freshman seminar that created this blog.  I thank each and every one of the students for their insightful comments, images, and posts and hope that any visitors will enjoy the ways in which Nature inspires us to reflection and appreciation.  A big thank you goes out to David Macauley whose work Elemental Philosophy served as the catalyst for this blog and our own discussions and posts.

W. C. Turgeon


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The Elements

In general I think the elements impact lives in a way people disregard in everyday life. At the beginning of this course, Earth, Fire, Water, and Air were the only elements I considered I would learn about. The elements are more in depth than that. Stone, Clouds, Wood are just a few of the other elements around us. I think that all these elements around us impact who we are as people. I think that without certain ones we could not be who we are. I think their needs to be a more appreciation for the land around us.

As in the Land Ethic, Leopold shows that the land is so much more important to us and we are not taking care of it. The land and elements around us are over used and not preserved. Soon  we may not be able to have all that we have.

Chapter 7, especially noting bottled water. We take the natural way water is in nature and transform their shape and chemicals. We add different things to preserve it, but the pure water is the most beneficial to us. We take out natural elements and transform them to what we think is right. But is it really right? The nature way elements are, are them at the best form.

I think that the elements are the same significance as anything else in our lives, and we need to appreciate it in order to live the most beneficial lives.


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I see a bunny


I see a bunny in those clouds, well I see a cloud. Clouds are our own Rorschach tests we give ourselves.

Has anyone ever been so lost in their own thoughts they need an answer form anything?

Usually we look for signs in our world to help guide us to the answers we want. Freud would use Rorschach tests to help the person understand what is going on in their brain. If someone sees a motherly figure in a picture of nothingness, usually that meant in their subconscious mind there mom was engulfing their cognition.

So, in cloud we can find things that help us see what we are thinking inside of our minds. My father and I when I was little used to like to look up to see what we saw in the clouds. I remember I would find the most abstract things in the swirls of a cloud. To him, he saw this as me being able to think outside of the “box” and which is why he saw me as a teacher. From how I saw different things he said he could tell I would able to think beyond others minds and help guide them to see different things.

From clouds, they are above us to help us think above what we usually do.


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