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Earthlings

I was reading an article a week or two ago, and it made me finally realise something for the first time: we are not just born on the Earth, we’re born of the Earth.

Maybe you’ve been thinking about what it means to be an Earthling for a while, but I haven’t. I think it’s so fucking cool that I am part of the Earth. Usually, I off-handedly think of the Earth as something separate from life, something dead. But no, everything that’s living1 What am I? I am the Earth!

We often talk about Earth as being our home, which it is, but it’s more than just the place that we live. It’s what we’re made out of – it’s what we are. An analogy between a house and the Earth can’t catch that second bit. That second bit is like the relationship between a tree and a chair if the chair lived on the tree.

The Earth has transformed itself from a lump of rock into a whole living ecosystem – including you and me. We might have only been here for a few decades, but for all the Earth cares, we’re the same old atoms that have been orbiting the Sun as a planet for billions of years.



Footnotes:
  1. Everything that’s living and is on the Earth. Who knows how many other races there are on different worlds. Korendians, anybody? 

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