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2020.11.26

Life and nature are interesting, are they not? I mean, people have been positing for years about the evolution of man - the theory that over time monkeys became man and then there is creation - the idea that some unseen, higher power deposited a human male specimen and a human female specimen on this planet and they are the origin of the human race.

As I am lying in my bed on a peaceful Tuesday morning, trying to take long deep breaths, I am reminded of the fact that humans and plants - two of the key species on this earth - have a very co-dependent relationship. One of the critical aspects of our symbiosis is our 'respiratory' gases.

Human beings need oxygen to survive. On Earth, oxygen is readily available. When humans breathe in oxygen, our lungs process this precious gas and expel the waste as carbon dioxide. What needs carbon dioxide? Plants, of course! Plants greedily absorb this gas for their survival and emit, yes, you guessed it...oxygen in exchange! They do this by a process known as photosynthesis. In photosynthesis, plants take in light from the sun and, through a complex series of steps, use this sunlight, carbon dioxide from the air, and water that they take in through their roots to produce sugars. The sugars are used by the plant and the by-product of this usage is oxygen, which is released into the air.

When you think about how this balance works out perfectly, there has to be at least some inkling that there was a mastermind behind the design of everything in nature. The cycle is so intertwined that we truly cannot survive without one another. Animals and humans need plants to breathe and for food. Animals die and their bodies rot and go back into the soil which help plants in their growth cycle. Domestic animals rely on humans for care and food. I think, in a way, humans help to control the animal population but more often than not, some species' populations are being decimated faster than they can reproduce which is leading to a reduction in the supply available for human consumption. Another reality is the destruction of woods and forests for the sake of commercialisation and industry. Concrete jungles are preferred so large areas are cleared of trees for buildings to be constructed.

I am reminded of all of this and saddened as I think about my trip to Nikko last year; where nature was in abundance. Travelling around Japan is an enjoyable experience. A lot of natural locations still exist and the efforts of the people to have nature and inorganic structures stand side by side peacefully is recognised. I take this opportunity to write about how important everything on this earth is and urge everyone to help preserve this world and its creatures.

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2020.11.26
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I'm like a chihuahua. Small but fierce and full of energy. I'm generally a positive person and try to make the best of each day.

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