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Home and/or territory

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Home is where the heart is, but where and what is home really? Is home the small space you say you’re going to when you get off work? Or is home the town you live in? The country you live in? The planet? The answers must involve how much you feel invested in what you choose to call home and when. Home may be different things at different times and may expand and contract depending upon particular circumstances. Perhaps it’s easier to talk about territory. Territory is something you feel invested in but don’t necessarily have to keep clean or pay the bills for. Directly anyway. Territory allows for a much larger population but also increases the necessity to get along with others. But should we limit that necessity to humans only? Many people have pets and plants in their homes. Our parks are filled with plant and animal life. In fact there are more plants and animals on this planet than humans. Should we admit that Earth is really their territory? Especially the oceans, the largest and most diverse part of our world. What do we even really know about the oceans where various countries claim various portions? These territories, and land territories as well, seem to invite conflict. Once a line has been drawn on a piece of paper or in the sand or anywhere; immediately there is a reason to disagree.  Disagreement is not something that should create any kind of permanent rift though it does. Territory does not need to be claimed by one power or another; if people are allowed to make their homes without worrying about territory there might, in fact, be much less conflict. Claims and counter claims are counterproductive.  The difference between home and territory is merely semantics, nothing more. Home evokes a much kinder, calming feeling than territory. Shouldn’t we attempt to consider our entire planet as home and treat it that way?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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