Wednesday Vignette – on cuts and care

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My fellow blogger pal Jason of the excellent blog Gardeninacity added a very thoughtful remark on last week’s Vignette post. He wondered if we as a society will be able to heal the sickness of which DT is a symptom, once he is gone. That’s a very good question. He is absolutely right in that the rifts and distortions presently so prominent, existed far before the current administration. The saying “Death by a thousand cuts” can be applied to a million different things, and it can certainly be applied to our concept of democracy and to any illusions we might have of attainable dreams. As all gardeners know—even the toughest plant will wither with insufficient care. By the same token, over the past half century, we have repeatedly and increasingly abused each other, as well as our laws, resources… heck, our entire planet and its many living creatures!

This beach find will serve as a reminder of our own and our systems’ fragility. A tiny jellyfish washed up on the shore, with a thousand grains of sand scarring its glassy, gelatinous body and clouding its former translucent glow. Will throwing it back into the cleansing waves help wash the granules away? Will its shiny surface be forever pockmarked by the continuous assault of the small but sharp aggressors? Nobody knows, but that’s no reason to hesitate. Let the healing begin! And, let’s forego the cutting with caring. It might take a while, but we can do this!

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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13 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – on cuts and care

  1. Brennie lee says:

    We need to trust in our collective resilience and desire for change. The activism in HK and of the climate strikers gives me hope. Your social conscience and desire for social justice I am sure impacts and influences others in a positive way. I follow you for your words, but also your photographs with their often evocative text. Like today. Sending your hugs and best wishes 😉

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Brennie – your words mean a lot to me. I do hope we can turn our collective backs on actions and policies that erode our humanity, and our responsibility as fellow global citizens. Hugs and wishes gratefully accepted and reciprocated. 🙂

  2. Tina says:

    I love the simplicity of that photo. I do hope healing is possible, but it will be hard, hard work. Like that jellyfish, we are resilient. But have we gone too far? I don’t think we know yet. Thanks for hosting, here’s my WV:

  3. annamadeit says:

    Truthfully, I don’t think we know yet either. And I think you’re right—it will take time. Healing usually does. But it’s never too late to start the process. Let it begin!

  4. Kris P says:

    I agree that 45 is a symptom of far larger issues but he’s also gloried in his self-selected role of divider-in-chief. Removing him, one way or another, may be a band-aid on a deep cut but it’s a start. And the fact that he’s morally bankrupt is only one aspect of the problem he presents – he’s also an ignorant fool, incapable of hearing or accepting advice, compounding problems he’s incapable of understanding. What’s happening to the Kurds in Syria is unconscionable.

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh Kris, of course you are right. He is absolutely the cherry on top, or the wart on the nose, or however one might want to phrase that. His entire term has been a travesty, and the Kurds… aww… to say it’s heartbreaking is an understatement. That tragedy sums up exactly what you said; “he’s morally bankrupt ….. – he’s also an ignorant fool, incapable of hearing or accepting advice, compounding problems he’s incapable of understanding.” Couldn’t have said it better; He’s a disaster. The only thing I would have added to that list is that he is an unempathetic psychopath. Uggghh!

  5. Several of the candidates in last night’s Democratic debate referenced the time “after Trump” I pray they’re able to right this ship we’re on.

    My WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh my god, yes! That congressional resolution today, rebuking his idiotic destabilization of northern Syria is a step in the right direction, I think. If only things would move a little faster…

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  7. mmwm says:

    That is a beautiful jellyfish. As to our democracy, our civil society, history doesn’t give me a lot of hope that we will heal well and continue to be a democratic society (I actually think we are more oligarchy now anyway, and have been for quite a while). But I think we all have a duty to protect and defend the democracy we’re still clinging to. Here’s mine:

    • annamadeit says:

      I agree – we are absolutely more of an oligarchy than a democracy as of right now. Saw this the other day, which confirms that notion. I hope we’re near the point where the pendulum starts swinging back again. It’s gone way too far…

  8. Hear, hear! And thanks for the link.

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