This world as we know it is one big compromise. If it wasn’t, life couldn’t exist on planet Earth. As I sat here trying to think of the topic, I looked outside at the pear tree in the back yard. The pear tree is alive because of compromise. From the perspective of the tree, it wants to be the biggest, most fruitful tree it can be. If there was not compromise and the tree had its own way, it would grow so big and be so fruitful, there wouldn’t be room for anything else but it, and the planet would consist of one massive pear tree.
As we are all here, and the pear tree is an average-sized tree that produces varying numbers of pears each year, it means that the pear tree has compromised. It has agreed to have a space to grow to a reasonable size and to grow its fruit each year. It has made a compromise with the soil, the air, the water, the nutrients it draws from the soil and the life-sustaining elements in the air that give it live. It has reached a compromise with the bees, other insects, and any other living thing, to trade its pollen with them in exchange for their pollinating its fruit. The sun is also a partner in that it shines on the tree to help it grow and to produce. All of these partners also help the tree to reproduce when its seeds fall to the ground inside of the fruit. The squirrels, birds, and us humans help the seeds to be released from the fruit and often we plant the seeds for the tree.
Anything or anyone who exists on this planet is likewise in a compromising position with the rest of the planet’s inhabitants and natural elements. When I think of the arrogance of humans, who so often live in a deluded bubble of thinking they can abuse and exploit unchecked without giving back to the accomodating majority who, through their compromising natures, share life and themselves with us, my heart grows weary, as this delusion may end up killing life on Planet Earth as we know it.
Reena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge. Reena says:
Welcome to Week 90!
PROMPT FOR THIS WEEK
The word ‘compromise’ is just a theme. It need not appear in the piece. There is no harm if it does appear, or a synonym. The choice is yours.