Wednesday Vignette – do unto others

IMG_9483Ran across this slug on a fallen apple today. The slug was chomping away at a large void in the apple – probably not all by its own doing, but still…  I noticed that the slug, as well as the apple, also had a deep crater in its body.

As I watched, the thought occurred to me that inflicting damage to others inevitably results in damage to yourself. Maybe not a hole in one’s side, but definitely an erosion of the soul, and a hardening – or scarring – of one’s integrity.

I let it be, and let it munch in peace.

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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29 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – do unto others

  1. bergstromskan says:

    Beautiful Anna

  2. That is one of its eyes. The other is blue. Lovely photo

  3. Tina says:

    Chuckling in appreciation! Let slugs be slugs, one doesn’t have to participate.

    • annamadeit says:

      When I see them as cleanup crew like this, I have a whole new appreciation for the work they do. If only they’d stay away from my plants, I really don’t mind them!

  4. Peter Herpst says:

    Interesting image and thoughts. I wonder what caused the the slug’s body? My WV is here:

    • annamadeit says:

      Derrick says it’s one of its eyes. Guess I learned something new – I’ve never noticed it having two indentions, nevertheless eyes, before. I guess that renders my notion null and void – LOL!

  5. Are you sure Derrick isn’t pulling your leg?

    MY WV features a different fruit, slug free as far as I can tell:

  6. Alison says:

    I do sometimes stomp slugs, but when I’m feeling guilty about that, I fling them whole into the yard waste container where they can munch. I’ve noticed holes like this on slugs before. I don’t know if Derrick is pulling your leg, but I always assumed they were some kind of breathing apparatus, kind of like a gill on a fish. Just did a Google search, and according to this RHS website, I was right, it’s a breathing pore:

    Here’s my WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      Alison – thanks for the research, and for solving the conundrum. A breathing hole makes total sense! 🙂 And yes, I too toss slugs into the yard debris bin here and there – when I don’t cut them in half with my secateurs. I must have been feeling kinder and more Jainist than usual when I saw this one… 🙂

  7. That is the absolute truth. Inflicting pain becomes a pointless and vicious cycle until someone just decides to stop. Even if that indentation is an eye, the truth of this post doesn’t change.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Tammy! I think the thoughts were triggered by something my husband said the other day. Paraphrasing here, but in essence; humans have the capacity for both good and evil, and the side that comes out is in reference to the environment fate gets us dropped into. It was said in reference to how different Americans are raised/forced to be to, in our case, Swedes. Sweden has systems to care, nurture, build up, educate, thus creating a higher baseline for existence of its inhabitants – especially for the have-nots. The US has a lot fewer and less developed systems for the common good, and as a result, it creates a much harsher living environment. My husband’s favorite part of living in Sweden was how he didn’t have that constant feeling of suspicion – that he needed to be on guard all the time, or he was going to get ripped off. And, regardless of which side reigns supreme, it’s a behavior that tends to snowball into a prevailing cultural trait. We just talked about moving back the other day – again. Sigh… I keep saying this, but I think I’m ready.

  8. Patricia C says:

    I subscribed to a poem a day. This is as lovely as any I’ve read.

  9. Kris P says:

    The slug is captivating in his (or her) close-up. My WV tells an entirely different tale:

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  11. mmwm says:

    The hole in the slug is a sort of blowhole called the pneumostome — it leads to the slug’s lung. True! Also true that doing damage does cause one’s own damage; on the other hand, we all have to eat. Mine today:

  12. hb says:

    I fear that beastie may invade my dreams tonight.

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