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There is a mechanical view of society that sees failure as imperfection of design. Without getting too Mr Chancian, that green-tinged carbon skein called nature that surrounds us does not recognize failure - only death, reconstitution and renewal.

One of the arguments in favour of allowing forest fires to burn out of themselves in Finland is that a) some seeds of tree species present in the soil only germinate after the intense ground heat of a fire, and b) Soil conditions after fire favour different invasive tree species by their wind blown seeds. The forest that will grow back in half a human generation is different as a super animal from what it was before the fire.

What is happening today is more than an opportunity, it is regeneration.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Oct 11th, 2008 at 06:16:28 PM EST

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