T.E. Lawrence , Seven Pillars of Wisdom (via boywhoranaway)
“If you want to build a ship
don’t herd people together to collect wood
and don’t assign them tasks and work,
but rather teach them to long for the
endless immensity of the sea.”
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
In diversity, complexity, surprise, wrath, serenity, destructiveness, magnificence, Nature’s wild adventurous spirit is unexcelled.
From dainty rose to giant cactus, from ant to elephant, from fish to human, Nature is infinite in her scope.
Nature is sculptor, inventor, engineer, artist, architect, musician, friend and foe.
As sculptor Nature works on cliffs and canyon walls carving figures and towers, turrets and castles. Rock erosion is her chisel; rushing, pounding waters are her hammers.
As inventor Nature designs creatures that crawl, climb, leap, fly, jump, run, swim. They come in endless shapes, sizes, coloring, with fins, fangs, feathers, claws, shells, feelers, stingers.
As engineer Nature creates a limitless universe with watch-like precision. She controls hundreds of billions of stars and their spinning planets. Time and tide, night and day, the flow of magnetic currents, light and air are under her command.
As artist Nature splashes color across the vast canvas of the sky with the radiance and splendor of sunrise and sunset. She arches rainbows against the passing storm, creates flowers and foliage, sets autumn woods on fire with the beauty of turning leaves and touches mountaintops with snow crystals.
As architect Nature builds pillars of clouds, rugged mountain ranges, deep canyons, quiet valleys and towering skyscraper trees.
As musician Nature is maestro to ten thousand bird songs, chirping crickets, howl and roar of wild beasts, buzz of insects, trumpeting of elephants, organ music of the surf—the great symphony of forest and jungle.
As friend, Nature works as a creative partner with us, providing the gifts of soil, seed, sun, rain, minerals, chemicals—the forces, elements and ingredients for the preservation, perpetuation and evolution of life.
As foe, Nature sends floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, sandstorms, earthquakes, relentless, devastating forces, to challenge and test our will to conquer and survive.
Nature creates people’s homes on earth. It is a home of contrasts; of good and evil, beauty and ugliness, tranquility and terror. The whole natural world is the background against which people play their heroic part in the eternal adventure of their becoming.