Monday, July 23, 2012

Decay: Matthew Moore

Life About To Be Reborn © 2012 Matthew Moore
Decay is an often ignored process, perhaps because it can be disgusting as well as boring in some cases. Yet if you think about its process from a bigger point of view it might just become exciting or exhilarating.

Decay takes something that once was alive or refined but is now dead or has outlived its purpose and turns it back into its raw state so that it can once again be alive or refined into a new purpose. An over simplification of this cycle is that of bread. For example, a seed is planted, it grows into a plant, it's harvested, crushed, and ground into flour, then mixed with water, and baked into bread to give life again.

Decay is just part of death but death is part of life.  When thinking about such things Emily Dickinson's poem I reason, Earth is short comes to mind…
I reason, Earth is short --
And Anguish -- absolute --
And many hurt,
But, what of that? 
I reason, we could die --
The best Vitality
Cannot excel Decay,
But, what of that? 
I reason, that in Heaven --
Somehow, it will be even --
Some new Equation, given --
But, what of that?
As Dickinson portrays, life is short and no one or thing can escape the inevitable—that death is the great equalizer and death as well as decay are only a part of life.

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