Reena’s Exploration Challenge #107 — Unbridgeable?

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There is a web of life that connects all-that-is, living and dead, past, present, future. There is no way to disconnect from it. At the same time not all of the connections are wholesome or positive, yet we have no choice but to connect with them as well.

I was passing ideas back and forth the other day with Kerfe and made a connection between the micro-filaments of fungi that live underground and intertwine with the roots of the tree that enable trees to communicate with each other and how our minds store memories through the neural networks.

I see where things shift and morph through time. For example when a drought comes, the tree is informed and shifts its energy to functions that can keep it alive in a drought. A human memory example would be how certain traumatic memories get barricaded off and can only be accessed in a limited and many times distorted fashion. Some memories are walled off until the person is able to process them.

Not only do the fungal filaments and neural networks enable communication and associative memory, at the same time they are consuming them and breaking them down. With the filaments, they also act as scavengers that stay alive through absorbing the dead roots, decomposing them to feed back to the tree and make room for new growth. I wonder if our minds do the same thing with our memories?

Where does the word unbridgeable come into this essay? I don’t think there is anything that is unbridgeable, based on what I said in the first paragraph. There is always a way. That said, the way isn’t always apparent, simple, or desired. The bridge may be visible or it may need to be built. Those unwholesome bridges/connections can be found and broken down and the materials repurposed to build better ones.

Reena, thank you for this evocative prompt.  Just now I was looking for a graphic and put “neural networks” in the search engine box.  The majority of the “hits” were for pages devoted to the development of artificial intelligence neural networks.  If that doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will.  Visions of “The Matrix” are popping up in my head.


Reena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge.  Reena says:
Most of us are crossing over from one season to another, in different parts of the world. Some may travel to other parts of the globe to escape the harshness in one. It is nice and predictable. It keeps us busy preparing for the next course of action, and yet another.

What happens when we see nothing at the other end?

That is today’s one-word prompt to challenge your thinking, folks…


13 Comments Add yours

  1. It seems like trees are smarter than I gave them credit for.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Trees have found a way to survive and to keep us alive for a very very long time. Yes, they are very “smart” depending on your definition.

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  2. Sadje says:

    A profound write up.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome 😉

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  3. Reena Saxena says:

    Profound is the first word that came to mind. I see from the comments that others have felt the same. Negative connections generate a lot of pain – but here you provide insights to another way out – “Those unwholesome bridges/connections can be found and broken down and the materials repurposed to build better ones.” I’m not sure how it works, but it gives hope for sure.

    Thanks a lot, Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Reena, you are very welcome 🙂

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  4. Reena Saxena says:

    Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    Unbridgeable … by Jade Li/Lisa

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  5. memadtwo says:

    I love where this took you. The brain is an unknown and unmapped ecosystem. Both plants and animals came from the same source. It makes a lot of sense. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Kerfe, and I wasn’t sure where it was going as I typed. It does make sense!

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  6. Building bridges is a very constructive thing to do……but is also very, very hard. Can a bridge be built between Trump and Pelosi.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      A bridge CAN be built anywhere, but it takes a desire to build one, which in the case of Trump and Pelosi doesn’t seem likely. Cheeto is too full of ego/stupidity/delusion he doesn’t see a need or believes it goes against the regime of zombies he’s building, and Pelosi needs to put a stake in that one’s heart with the wood, not build a bridge with it.


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