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“Small things amuse small minds.”
It’s amusing how much a leaf laying under water in an ice pocket can conjure rumination. It’s not the kind of rumination that comes with an unquiet mind, that sort of out-of-control thinking that spirals endlessly into itself. These icy leaf ruminations are just notions that sift through the synapses for no reason except that’s what we’re made to do with observations of Nature. We’re made to be inspired by Nature to see things that small minds miss because they don’t see small things, or don’t pay attention to them.
Too bad more small minds are not amused by more small things.
Small things in Nature, that is.
Small minds don’t have room for small things. It takes just a few big things to consume all their space. For example, single-issue or two-issue voters (such as guns and abortion), or personality politics fanatics, racists, xenophobes, and rabid religionists. Y’know … Americans; or those reigning now.
I’m a member of the Order of American Nature Immersed Humanity, OANIH (pronounced oh-nee, of course, and a proprietary trademark), an institution with perhaps the world’s shortest mission statement, “Nature immersion.”
The Order works to proselytize people into holy communion with Nature, with not merely one immersive baptism rite, but continual immersion in Nature, with the intent of letting it naturally make us more human, and more human-rightly American. That’s the creed: “Nature immersion makes better humans.” In turn, better citizens, better culture, better government, better world.
Initiation into the OANIH fellowship is simple. Say you are a member wanting to actively support the mission and help make more members (by spreading the Good News that Nature Loves You and sent its only begotten Earth to die because of your sins), and then you are a member. That’s it. Now go forth, prosper and multiply Oanihites.
OANIH has no membership fees or dues. However, you will have to cover my humble food, lodging and transportation costs if you want me to do a mass initiation or speaking engagement. I most want to do these in Switzerland, Hawaii, the Bahamas, Patagonia and Ecuador.
Back to the leaf …
Even though the weather remained cold enough for the ice to remain frozen, on a few sunny days the leaf absorbed enough heat from the sun to make the ice melt just enough for the drenched leaf to sink into its own hole.
I would love to hear other explanations for this leaf sunk in its own hole. Rational or irrational, with tongue in or out of cheek.
That’s because I believe in freedom of rumination, moderately loose associations between fact and imagination, democracy of ideas, Nature immersion’s nourishment of the human spirit, and amusement in small things for all minds great and small.
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