digesting, coexisting

digesting & coexisting

A train of thoughts and a magical valley

the relation between human and nature

Pages: 28 pages, 5k words
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One morning, I was in the middle of a dream when I realised that I had just discovered something that might be important. I got so excited that I started to wake up and as I did, I was afraid of losing this train of thoughts. So I kept repeating the main points to myself until I was awake enough to grab the next best pen and write down what I had just discovered or experienced or probably both. This is how and when I wrote the first draft for digesting.
In the end, I couldn’t include all thoughts in the story, but some of the additional material got into this extracts collection.

Once I decided to publish this extract, I had a look around book 2 and realised that the visit to the magical valley in China — with its big question about coexisting with nature — is the perfect companion to the first extract.

Later, I included a few quotes from the Australia chapter which add an additional angle to the questions around the relation between human and nature.


  • Introduction
  • What you need to know beforehand

Extract from book 2/1, Flight to Sydney

  • digesting
    a train of thoughts

Extract from book 2/2, China

  • coexisting
    a magical valley

Quotes from book 2/1, Australia

  • human habitat
    & human role in nature


a train of thoughts, extract

‘Look, you really have to let this sink in and think about it. Digesting. Sit yourself down and look at how your body works, and never stops changing, never stops digesting, or cleaning the blood, or fighting some infection, pumping liquid through the system, or whatever else it does. And here’s the thing that struck me. The body, and nature in general, is in constant motion. Nature works because it constantly digests, renews. It’s alive. It even recycles. No better, it constantly makes new life possible by dying, because a fallen leaf serves as nutrient for new life. And that’s where humans get things wrong. We don’t produce or build that way. We produce and set up so many things that aren’t alive. That’s how we’re killing our planet. Our planet can only live if it constantly digests, and we block the system with our products, buildings, streets. And we don’t think in terms of digesting, renewing, not even in terms of being alive.’

book 2/2, travelling, Flight to Sydney, South Africa