April 17, 2012

Emergence

The expression of a wholeness greater than its parts. Properties that exist only in the interaction of parts but not in the parts themselves. We see it clearer in completed projects such as ourselves rather than works in progress ... emerging emergence, you might say.

Grass growing in open fields for millions of years in a long unbroken genetic chain. Men building cities of concrete and asphalt on the fields of grass. Grass growing in all the cracks left behind in the streets and sidewalks and buildings by water expanding into ice and by wind blowing in dirt and seeds.

Grass throwing roots into the bowels of our civilization, inexorably crushing everything in its grip. Grass ... the eraser ... one of the planet's healing agents.

Emergence? Time will tell.

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