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The sum is greater than its opposing parts

All things need opposites to exist.

Some argue Colchester grey squirrels should be destroyed as pests, yet without a squirrel burying a nut in my garden I would have no hazel tree growing there.

Some argue Colchester grey squirrels should be destroyed as pests, yet without a grey squirrel burying a nut in my garden I would have no hazel tree growing there.

My friend recently said that all rabbits in Britain should be destroyed as pests.  I disagreed on many levels.

112. “Joints are at once a unitary whole and not a unitary whole. To be in agreement is to differ, the concord-ant is the discord-ant. From many things comes oneness, and out of oneness come the many things.”  Heraclitus

What Heraclitus infers is that an object in nature has its opposite, from this opposition everything come into being.  As an example, fire from the sun and its opposite water in a rainstorm produces a rainbow.  If either sun or rain was missing, no rainbow.

In the USA the rabbit is a major food source to the Bald Eagle.  The rabbit is in opposition to the Bald Eagle, but needs the eagle to exist to control the rabbit population that would quickly consume its food sources leading to mass starvation.  If one of the opposites of rabbit and eagle vanished, both would probably vanish, whilst other plants and animals that needed rabbit and eagle would suffer too.

Scientists are observing that the rivals raven and wolf are following the paradox of oppositions working together in harmony for mutual benefit, they are both helping each other in the hunting down of food.  If the raven spots a sick elk, it will make the wolves aware of the prey; the wolves in killing and ripping apart the thick pelt of the elk provides the ravens a feeding opportunity.  Scientists observe that when wolves return to an area colonies of ravens will appear too.  The ravens will play and interact with the wolves.

106. “To God all things are beautiful, good, and right. Men, on the other hand, deem some things right and others wrong.”  Heraclitus.

I hope humanity will abandon the delusion of good and bad in favour of the opposites, for without the conflict of opposites nothing can exist.  The rabbit is just a rabbit, doing what rabbits do, neither inherently good or bad.  The solution to a rabbit problem is looking for its opposite, a bird of prey for instance.  Introducing an opposite causes hidden new possibilities, for instance a new plant species may emerge because the birds of prey reduced the rabbit population.

Sustainability action 5 : reducing plastic bags

Use durable long-lasting bags to shop rather than plastic bags.

This is the type of hemp-cotton bag I use instead of plastic bags to shop with.  So eco-friendly squirrels love them.

This is the type of hemp-cotton bag I use instead of plastic bags to shop with. The eco-friendly nature of the bag gets the thumbs up from Colchester squirrels, especially when chocolate is involved.

Today I went to the food store with my durable hemp-cotton bag, using this to carry my food purchases rather than using plastic bags.  I have two of these bags, one you can see being raided by a Colchester squirrel in the photograph, which I have had for about a year.

During my recent litter pick it was the plastic waste I found more of.  Plastic is made from oil products, and is a choking or suffocation hazard to animals.  Plastic mostly is resistant to decay, which makes it such an annoying and destructive form of rubbish.

Britain is taking a good stance against plastic, some shops now charging for plastic bags, or paying the customer to reuse bags.  Traders have worked out that discouraging people from using their plastic bags is good for the environment as well as their profits.  Often I am asked in the shop if I want a bag with a look in the eye of the retail assistant that makes me feel like a puppy murderer if I said “yes”.

Plastic bags won’t be totally eliminated from my life, for they are useful to protect items from the British rain, and to use when picking up litter.