The Elements

William McClain, who has visited our previous site, recommended this magical video from Iceland.  It features the music of Sigur Ros, the Icelandic group, and a theater troop of developmentally disabled adults who offer us this play on the elements.  Two of my children lived and worked with developmentally disabled young adults and adults and I have learned much from their experiences.  These individuals live full and rich lives if we acknowledge their strengths, instead of just focusing on what they lack.  I find this a lovely interpretation of humans and their search for meaning.

 

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The Domestication of the Elements

Since modern times we have struggled to master nature around us.  We pull strings.  Occasionally nature reminds us that our hold on her is tenuous at best: Superstorm Sandy on the East Coast of the United States and perhaps the typhoon that decimated the Philippines in November 2013, among many other reminders.  And yet, we continue to work towards creating nature 2.0; a better version of that which is on its own.  Of course, we have also transformed nature through our oft unintended carelessness, always assuming that Nature will pick up after us.

Here are some images mentioned in Macauley’s chapter seven.  Can you identify them?

c_hydroelectric_plant Columbia_River_Gorge-738628 Edgar-Degas-Bather-by-the-Water-Oil-Painting fallingwater-2 Fontana-del-Moro niagara3 Tivoli-organ-fountain-close-as-m5-as-m5 trevi_fountain_rome_italy-normal OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAingres-turkishbath

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Space–our final interstice

Orion Nebulae

Orion Nebulae

The last interstice that Macauley offers us mediates on our relationship to space, “the final frontier.”  I posted a page that offers some of my thoughts in response.  Why do the stars and the vast outreaches of the universe beyond continue to seduce our gaze upward?  And is it forward looking or avoiding the earth home we have?

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