9.19.2009

Would These Chickens Care?

I was tossing, turning, and gnawing on some stupid issue that had my panties in a twist the other night. For some reason, chickens came into mind (yeah, it gets pretty strange in there) and a question arose: would the chickens care about this issue? Really?

Answer: No, they would not.

I about busted a gut laughing.

See, here's the thing: Mother Nature does not give a flying leap about our human dramas. It doesn't matter your color, your wealth, your connections: if you're in the wrong place at the right time, you'll get attacked & eaten, or rained upon, or frozen regardless. The sun shines on the just and unjust alike. This fact is one of the few things in life that gives me a sense of peace and reassurance.

So the next time I'm fretting about something, I'll just bring to mind this picture of Nutmeg and ask myself: would these chickens care?

8 comments:

  1. "Nature has made up her mind that what cannot defend itself shall not be defended." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  2. That hen looks pretty pissed off to me.

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  3. Good question! Perspective helps. Not that chickens are much use in discerning Ma Nature; we've nearly bred Her outta them. But there're plenty other creatures nearby, wild, and no, they would not. Attacked and eaten are not the only Natural options: there's also being provided with food and H20 and materials for shelter and, oh yeah, oxygen. i'm with Lynn Margulis as she posits that Nature is at least as much about cooperation as competition. Yeah, that shinin' sun does reassure. Thanks.

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  4. As much as i dig Ralph, i wonder how many fiercely-defending mothers of oh so many species he was forgetting about as he spoke.

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  5. Perhaps we could market little plastic bracelets with 'WWCD?'- What would Chickens Do? :)

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  6. Absolutely brilliant.
    (And I'm gonna borrow the thought of your lovely feathered ones when I need to ask myself that question!)

    xo, Aurora

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  7. Chicken wisdom to be treasured. Or else that hen is coming after us.

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  8. I love this thought. So true. I'll try to remember it the next time I'm fretting too.

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