Inside Itself II

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An element existing within something else, while separate and particular, is still dependent for its existence on the larger form.

 

The organs of the body can be seen separately with specific and highly specialized functions, but it would be absurd to say that they exist independently from the body.

 

 A flock of birds, a school of fish, and a swarm of bees all move together as if they were a single organism guided by the same mind, and yet the individuals in each group are vitally connected to the environment in which they live. 

 

If you imagine the earth, do you just see the rocky sphere of the planet, or do you include the sky and clouds, the oceans, rivers and glaciers, the soil, the animals and plants? Does Earth end at the biosphere? Could we exist without the sun, the moon, the stars, the universe?

 

As a human being, do we exist separately from the natural environment or the social connections which sustain us?  Physically and psychologically, where do we begin and end?