“We are speaking of love. A leaf, a handful of seed — begin with these, learn a little what it is to love.” Truman Capote
By Charlotte Hubbard, VMN
Liza Field in her 11/12/11 Roanoke Times column, Love Selflessly, interprets Capote:
If you want to grow, to get wiser and
freer, lose your fears and bring medicine to the whole planet — then love. Even
a small leaf will do for starters, Truman Capote said. If you began with a
leaf, you could love a whole tree, and perhaps even all the outcast characters
who come to live in it, as he showed in his uplifting, grubby, lovely, funny
and hopeful tale, "The Grass Harp."
Love opens door after door to the
universe. Love one tree and you begin loving good soil.
Love soil and you grow grateful to the
humblest humus, pine-straw and rotting apple. You love the air of decay, the
worms and microbes, the songbirds that eat them, the singing toads, rainfall
and snow, sunlight and the wind blowing mournful melodies through the trees and
You end up loving the seasons, the
past and future, life itself, the whole cosmos and the dark, holy, palpable
mystery looming through it. You catch fire.
She continues with comments from David Sloan Wilson:
"Evolution is not just about
selfishness," agreed another biologist, David Sloan Wilson, in an NPR
interview this year. "How can selflessness evolve?" Wilson, a
SUNY-Binghamton professor, says organisms, people and communities all evolve
through altruism and cooperation — not greed.
When I began the Virginia Master Naturalist program, I was looking for a distraction. I thought I wanted some escape and mild entertainment in an
otherwise demanding life. What I found was selfless group of experts, teaching
and learning about “..the past and future, life itself…” and a place to catch
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