Sun takes command

Mid-October sunrise over Flying Hat (Nikon D300, f5/29mm, ISO 200)

Sigfried Gideon wrote that in the western world, mechanization takes command.  Jacques Ellul found technology so intrusive into western culture that “technique” rules behavior and slays choice.  That is so, yet, sitting on the back porch early in the morning, the sun takes command.  Wind orders glide of bird and sway of grass.  If one sat and turned the face to the rising sun and fair breezes, choice would arise again, offering moments that should not be refused for mechanics and technique have most of the day.



Filed under Life in Balance

5 responses to “Sun takes command

  1. Caralee

    Recently I heard an interview with Terry Tempest Williams, the wonderful defender of Utah’s wild lands. She was doing research with a prof at a Utah university; he is an expert on the prairie dog. For days, they sat in a blind and took notes on the prairie dogs’ behavior. She said every morning they emerged from their underground homes and stood, paws touching in front of them as if in prayer, facing east to the sun. They do this for about 15-20 minutes. Every evening, they returned to their homes, but before going down their holes, they stood again, facing west to the sun, paws clasped, for another 15-20 minutes. How wonderful!

  2. Ahh, the voice of reason. Love it!

  3. I wish I lived in a place where I could go out to watch the sunrise in the early morning. Must be a good start of the day.
    It’s fantastic what Caralee tells about the prairie dog. There’s is more to animal’s minds than we have ever been aware of.

    • Grethe: Yes, there seems to be more to their minds than we realize. It is a good start to the day. Wish I could do it everyday, but two or three days out of the week I am on the highway…yet, I appreciate the sun even then.

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