Fungi play an essential role in the environment. Without fungi we would pretty much be stuck with only fire and extreme pressure to get rid of all of the vegetative growth that has occurred on the planet since the beginning of time.
I think it is pretty cool that nature not only figured out a way to create plants and animals (and creatures in between), but also created other plants, and animals (and creatures in between) that could come in and break down other plants and animals (and creatures in between). All this to aid in recycling their body parts back into the food chain for other plants and animals—-and creatures in between.
Whether you are a 9000 year old Swedish Spruce Tree or a 24 hour virus—-there is something that will have you for lunch and be lunch in turn for something else.
It is a cycle of life and death that never really “ends” because it never really “begins”—-it just “continues.”
We are all part of this endless process—-as are our houses and the stuff in them. It is part of the process of life itself—-where all living matter will eventually be returned to the “bigger picture.”
While it serves man’s purposes to slow it down a bit—-we must keep in mind that we cannot stop it entirely.
We are all living and dying proof that we cannot stop this process. All we can do is slow it down, get lucky—-and enjoy the process—-savor the ride.
Sooner or later some other critter is going to enjoy us—as much as we do ourselves.
We probably should not feel bad about this—but be grateful to be part of the process and be thankful for the tremendous gift of awareness we can have about it all. As far as we know, there are no other creatures on Earth that have the level of self-awareness that we humans do. That this is both a blessing and a curse is beside the point.
I could probably successfully argue that there are other beings that use the small amount of self-awareness that they do have— more wisely than we humans do.
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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