Cohabit: (v) to live together
Even though, like any “Frosty poet,” I enjoy a good walk in the woods, there is something that interfaces with me as I feel pine needles under my soles: all the creatures of nature are a little bit frightened of me as a human being because I’m a horrible roommate.
I don’t honor my space. Sometimes I’m late on the rent. I cook up things and leave dishes behind.
And I spread my trash everywhere, assuming that it will be taken care of by either other beings, or time and chance.
So there is a look in the eye of the racoon and a squint from the squirrel that tells me they have no intention of relinquishing their right to the ecosystem. They will fight like hell if I attack their nest or if I suggest they should be ousted from their dens.
There is a palpable defiance mingled with a pleading in their glance.
“Come on, you dumb shit. Can’t you just get along? Can’t you co-habitate with us? Do we have to growl, bite, and escape all of your plans to eliminate our species?”
Nature is kind of pissed with human beings. Why?
- We decide to blame God, even though there’s a natural order which was put in place billions of years before any of us urped up our first mother’s milk.
- We are so pretentious.
- We are so easily offended.
- We are the Mother-Earth-children of all brattiness.
Because the truth is, we aren’t satisfied with scrunching salmon and terrifying tigers. We start doing it to each other–using a color code. Sometimes it’s based upon evaluating genitalia.
But because we can’t cohabit the Earth with the turtle, we suddenly find ourselves very intolerant of those of our own race–who like to take things a little slower.
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