Most Common Question Asked about the Incredible Journey of The Water Sprite with Plant Roots
“We are at a unique stage in our history. Never before have we had such an awareness of what we are doing to the planet, and never before have we had the power to do something about that. Surely we all have a responsibility to care for our Blue Planet. The future of humanity and indeed, all life on earth, now depends on us.”
“I know of no pleasure deeper than that which comes from contemplating the natural world and trying to understand it.”
― David Attenborough
There is no question that there is abundant interest in key words like save water, water cycles, balance in ecology, water pollution, climate changes, and natural cycles.
People who care to talk, ask a common question: Is this just a fancy way of describing the water cycle...we already know about that.
No, I refer them to look at the Table of Contents that shows this journey is so much more than one taken on the wind to runoff back to the ocean. It is a journey worthy of a heroic movie of acceptance and survival.
This story delves deep into the systems that sustain life on earth, their interdependence and mutual survival from the microorganism to the cells of plants to the sun’s energy itself.
Constrain or lose one part, upset the entire planet's cycles.
It’s true that there are a few fascinating, imaginary creations that hold a scientific base in their particular system like glaciers, oil lakes, and plastic manufacturing factories.
The moral is implied that simple life forms within communities have a serious purpose with the right to exist and maintain potential of all ecosystems. Within diversity is found democracy.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER 1 Meet Water Sprite; the Water Spirit; Mission of Cyclical Truths
CHAPTER 2 Caught in Winter Storm; Severe Danger; First Encystment
CHAPTER 3 Learns about Kalundian Glacier; ice-sprites; climate emergency
CHAPTER 4 Undergoes an operation to save the Ice Princess legacy; glacial lake
CHAPTER 5 Capture by Nitrifying Bacteria for Ransom; Nitrogen Cycle
CHAPTER 6 Helps to Find a Habitat for Bacteria; reaches Bally Pond
CHAPTER 7 Attack by Amoeba; Rescue by a Rotifer called Roti Tellera
CHAPTER 8 Interacts with community; meets Hydra; goes to school with Hydrozoan
CHAPTER 9 Learns from Stentor; threat of pollution arrives; weapon against humankinds
CHAPTER 10 Discuss plan to stop possible pollution; leaves Bally Pond on a mission
CHAPTER 11 Encounter with first young female humankind; meets her father scientist
CHAPTER 12 Examination under a microscope; exposure to microbes; possible escape
CHAPTER 13 Swallowed into digestive system; exits human body through sweat gland
CHAPTER 14 Filters down to bedrock; meets an Oiler molecule on a mission
CHAPTER 15 Meets Progenitor, oldest life form; Earth's elements; Carbon Cycle
CHAPTER 16 Oil well disaster; hydrocarbon processing into plastics; meets Polymer
CHAPTER 17 Encounter with a tree; hopeful return and re-connection at Bally Pond
CHAPTER 18 Pollution Disaster; Extinction; Attack and Impossible Plastic Savior
CHAPTER 19; Reflection on Lessons Learned; Cyclical Truths Mission Accomplished
CHAPTER 20 Return to Mother Ocean with Cautionary Words on the Wind
As you can, this is far more than a diagram of a water cycle, crucial as that is. It is one diagram near the end of the journey filled with many previous other diagrams that explain how organisms at all levels of the ecosystems help to sustain each other.
What are some of the lessons to be learned?
Stop and be amazed at the specialized simplicity and complexity of life forms, especially the micro-organisms that live in fresh water which may be labeled only as a handful of living cells but with the ability to sense, feed and propagate.
Become aware of Organic Life forms or compounds containing the carbon molecule, the most common life matter and compound on Earth including the hydrocarbon found in fossil fuel and inert manufactured plastics.
Start to appreciate the numerous cycles required for ecology to be balanced from sun and water, to nutrients for primary plants, to animals and decomposing bacteria in both a inclusive, co-operative and limited biosphere.
There is a strong link to an ECOLOGY ETHIC where exponential growth is not possible.
Do you agree this journey is far beyond the water cycle and worthy of an epic movie!
I appreciate hearing your thoughts about the different experiences and lessons learned.
I am deep in thought now; not so much about the physical reality around that can be seen and heard; but deeper into more abstract concepts that deal with wisdom and spirit, a more ethical domain. Maybe thinking is a cycle unto itself that governs our choices and how we behave. If we change our thinking, we can perhaps change our habits. If we gain knowledge, we will be more understanding. If we understand more, then we will appreciate more the intricate workings of Nature; like being awed by the mechanics of a single leaf. If we are smarter, then we will appreciate the balance designed by Nature. (excerpt from The Incredible Journey of a Water Sprite with Roots.)
|Water Sprite enjoying snack time with his rotifer friend|