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Rock, scissors, paper

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Each of the rock, scissors, paper trio seems as if it could be stronger than the next, then when you think about it, weaker. Each one of them has symbolic power of a certain kind and at different times may control different aspects of our own worlds. What these three symbols of power have is competition between physical power, shrewd wits, and intellect seasoned by luck.  However there is something stronger than all three of these major players put together and that overcomes all just by existing. Water embodies disinterested power. It can cover and erode rock, rust and bend scissors, soak and disintegrate paper. Rock, scissors, paper power can only become truly destructive of humans and their works when there is a human brain behind them exhibiting the signs of rock, scissors, paper attributes. Disinterested power such as is intrinsic in water, wind, or the sun may destroy humans and their artifacts, but it does not do so maliciously and does not deplete people’s self-respect. In some cases the destructive force of water and other disinterested powers has actually brought people closer together and heightened their ability to work together effectively. Just as the different aspects of rock, scissors, paper come together to make a fun game, those aspects of their power get played out in our daily world. The difference between the game and reality is that each of the current world powers feels it has an advantage over the others and, unlike rock, scissors, paper players, believe its imagined advantage can be parlayed into more and more power at the expense of others. To water none of the actions of strength, wit, or intellect matters; water just is and does not change. This true power shows balance and inevitability; perhaps the powers that be should take some lessons from such a force. For water will bend, then accommodate or move in a new direction, but it will never stop moving. It can be dispersed then flow back. It can evaporate and fall again as rain. Unregulated force will lose its strength, sharp wits will lose there focus, intellect will go off on tangents. Shouldn’t we save our respect for the elemental forces and take human powers with a grain of salt?


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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