Favorite Lifeforms (I didn’t know this was a thing!?)     by    Ruth Utnage

I’m reading Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown (thank you to the sender!) and in the introduction she says “My favorite lifeforms right now are…” she goes on to describe dandelions and mushrooms. But that’s not what caught my attention, what caught my attention was that I did not have my own clearly defined ‘favorite lifeforms’.

I’m not one to follow blindly but I do appreciate a thought provoking notion and something of interest to me is understanding balance in our world. I seek to reconstruct certain systems that impact me, in order to do that I am required to see the positive in a system where many only see negatives. Like Brown’s notion of a favorite life form being a weed (and she presents a compelling argument as to why, I will never look at either the same), plague to most, beautiful to her.

I don’t know what my favorite lifeform is. Right now it’s human beings. I can’t say pets because I don’t believe we should be allowed to own things that have organic heartbeats for the sole purpose of subjugation and our own delight. But I do love animals, I just don’t love it when we subjegate them as “ours” when, in fact, we cannot create them…I should not own that which my being is not able to create. My brothers and sisters of this planet can create an iPhone from the dirt and our intelligence, I can own that, but I cannot make a puppy or a kitten or a pig (I find them ADORABLE!).

I am going to contemplate my favorite lifeforms. I like this, appreciating some lifeform for its own unique role in our ecosystem.

With Love
Ruth Utnage

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