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Johnny Armstrong

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Johnny Armstrong About twenty years ago, I came across the notion of humanity’s loss of self-identity on my own. But I was certainly not the first on the scene. It’s a…moreAbout twenty years ago, I came across the notion of humanity’s loss of self-identity on my own. But I was certainly not the first on the scene. It’s an old stomping ground of poets, writers, artists and scientists from the past and eloquently stated by the French writer, Jean Bruller.

In his book, Half Earth, world preeminent biologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner E. O. Wilson expressed the danger of humanity’s lack of self-understanding. He drove his point home by quoting Bruller who, on the brink of World War II wrote, “All of mankind’s troubles are due to the fact that we do not know what we are and cannot agree on what to become.” In another example, Wilson used the famous mural by French impressionist, Paul Gaugin, for the cover of his book, The Social Conquest of Earth. The mural is entitled, “D’ou venons nous?

Que sommes nous? Ou allons nous? (From where do we come? What are we? Where are we going?).

My own personal experience came about 18 or 19 years ago. My wife, Karen, and I were in a Paris bar and I casually picked up a sous-bock (French for beer coaster). At the time, Paris was celebrating sous-bock art and all the city’s bars were following the art theme on their coasters. When I looked at the one in my hand, I couldn’t decipher the image on the front at all. But the backside explanation almost knocked me off my stool. The image was a depiction of humanity’s crise d’identite’ face a la nature—humanity’s identity crisis in the face of nature.

Seems I had a long-lost sibling somewhere on the streets of the City of Lights.(less)
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Agaves, Yuccas and Spiderworts

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In the group of monocots (whose seeds contain only one embryonic leaf), this family contains the well-known plants of dry zones such as the agaves and yuccas. There are about 23 genera and around 640 species located in subtropical and warm temperate areas worldwide. They often occur as succulents, meaning the plant parts are thick and fleshy from water retention. Cact Read more of this blog post »
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“Behold, the Spring has come; the earth has received the embraces of the sun and we shall soon see the results of that love!

Every seed is awakened and so has all animal life. It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being, and we therefore yield to our neighbors, even our animal neighbors, the same right as ourselves, to inhabit this land.

Yet, hear me, people, we have now to deal with another race – small and feeble when our fathers first met them but now great and overbearing. Strangely enough they have a mind to till the soil and the love of possession is a disease with them. These people have made many rules that the rich may break but the poor may not. They take their tithes from the poor and weak to support the rich and those who rule.

They claim this mother of ours, the earth, for their own and fence their neighbors away; they deface her with their buildings and their refuse. The nation is like a spring freshet that overruns its banks and destroys all that are in its path.

We cannot dwell side by side. Only seven years ago we made a treaty by which we were assured that the buffalo country should be left to us forever. Now they threaten to take that away from us. My brothers, shall we submit or shall we say to them: 'First kill me before you take possession of my land”
Sitting Bull

Edward O. Wilson
“Perhaps the time has come to cease calling it the 'environmentalist' view, as though it were a lobbying effort outside the mainstream of human activity, and to start calling it the real-world view.”
Edward O. Wilson

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“It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with, we cease to see.”
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