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Cohabitation

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07-10-12 001a

I believe the definition of cohabit is not comprehensive and should not begin by describing the cohabitation of only two people since the word encompasses so much more than a simple household arrangement between two consenting adults, though the two people may not think it so simple. There are graduated levels of cohabitation including the entire globe and ranging down to a small enclosure of chickens; cohabitation includes the coexistence of animals as well as that of humans. The definition should not stop there since we humans do share our living spaces with animals and a case could be made that animals have always shared, or had to share, their living spaces with us. These instances are as valid as the legalese used to define the word in human cases, though perhaps those non-humans we share with should seek legal recourse at times. We assume that other species agree to cohabit with us, or at least will not complain or become a ‘nuisance.’ We, however, cannot seem to learn to cohabit with or to accommodate humans in our own villages, towns, and cities. We could do worse than observe and study ‘wild’ life in our urban settings and take some lessons from the accommodations they make every day. accommodation does not have to mean giving in or giving up on your principles and your preferences, it means taking the time to look around you and see whether you are standing on someone else’s foot. To elevate one’s awareness so that a single, small space doesn’t become the only home you know, so you won’t go to absurd lengths to ostensibly protect your very own space, is an effort that can be immensely rewarding. You may find many places to call home or to provide a bit of home-ness when the need arises, and within those spaces you may find friends of all kinds. Since we already cohabit with any number of people and  other species, can’t we do so with grace?

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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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