When you walk through a forest that has not been tamed and interfered with by man, you will see not only abundant life all around you, but you will also encounter fallen trees and decaying trunks, rotting leaves and decomposing matter at every step. Wherever you look, you will find death as well as life.
Upon closer scrutiny, however, you will discover that the decomposing tree trunk and rotting leaves not only give birth to new life, but are full of life themselves. Microorganisms are at work. Molecules are rearranging themselves. So death isn’t to be found anywhere. There is only the metamorphosis of life forms. What can you learn from this?
Death is not the opposite of life. Life has no opposite. The opposite of death is birth. Life is eternal.
I had the pleasure of getting to go to Rabbit Island located in Lake Superior with a remarkable group of high school students. Here are a few photos I took of of the landscape. We spent a good deal of time identifying flowers, birds, and admiring the ancient mosses that grow there. Not to mention all the time we spent giggling, teaching classes on burrito folding, and learning how to hone our art skills. If you don’t know about Rabbit Island, you can read a New York Times article about the island here.