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When the Earth sighed

Observing the moment when the earth stood still to the human race, when the air was fresh and smog-free, when rivers ran clear from human debris, Covid-19 is a fitting time to explore the common link that humans share with every object and organism.

Synonymous with a distillation process, the natural phenomena of disease serves as an equalising force in an imbalanced ecosystem, as it has done many times before.

The interconnectedness of all things, be they organic or inanimate, can be captured in the fractal similarities between earthly phenomena of virus, flower and seed; and in the organic transporting structures of root and vessels, water and leaves.

At any stage in the cycle of matter, some things thrive, and some waste away, some are composed together in living form, some inert, some decompose, all transform to become different things at different times. The commonality of death in the time of disease is also the possibility of life elsewhere in the same value-chain.


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