This is one of those “aha” moments. I’m sitting in the back of my computer chair, my head on the desk, and I am just staring at my spider plant. It’s turning yellow.
The plant is turning yellow, because I forgot to water it a couple weeks ago. When I went to water it, I didn’t know what to do so I just sat in my chair and stared at it. I remember thinking, “My spider plant is turning yellow today?” Then I realized I already had a solution. I can’t remember exactly what, but I think I just came up with a quick and dirty solution.
The solution to your plant’s yellowing problem? Simple. Just add water. The plant’s root system is a huge water reservoir and it needs water to survive. This is a good thing I think: The plant is a natural part of the ecosystem that needs good water to grow up. I’m not sure why I was so surprised, but I guess it must have been in that one moment that everything clicked into place.
And that’s how the web of life works. But sometimes we forget, or are ignorant, about the web of life and that we are a part of it. I guess it takes a certain amount of “unbelievable” to take that for granted.
This is a nice quote from my friend Mike, which I’ve tried to use in a few of my articles. It’s one of the most frequently used and used phrases in the internet. To be sure, it is not the only phrase in the world. But it is one of the ones that I find most commonly used. It’s a phrase that is so often misused and completely misunderstood.
I was thinking about this recently after reading an article in the NYT about why spiders need to eat more food. Apparently, the spiders at the New York Times are really starving, and the article goes on to talk about how they are dying. I could see a similar scenario playing out when they were starving in the article. The more they starve, the more food they will need to make it through the day.
This is an interesting analogy. It’s one of the reasons I’m a fan of plants for their ability to absorb nutrients from the soil. When they are in good health, they seem to have an abundance of plant-life. When that health is gone, they starve and die. A spider uses that same principle to survive. They eat, they eat, they eat. As I’ve mentioned before, spiders have evolved a very unusual method of eating.
In fact, the way spiders feed is so extreme that it’s actually one of the reasons we see them in the wild. By simply walking along the ground, they are able to scour the soil for insects and even small spiders. This is the only way they can find food, and what they do with it can be quite fascinating.
Well, that is very interesting, but what does it all mean? Well, if you look at it from a broader perspective, the natural world is full of predators. And spiders are predators. Their whole lives are spent working to survive on the outside of their own bodies. But they also eat, and the predators they eat are themselves. Like a predator eating its own prey, spiders eat the insects they find in their environment. So as a predator, spiders are prey.
One day a spider will actually eat another spider. Some spiders will even eat each other. When spiders are eaten, they will go through a whole new cycle of eating, and then dying, and then being eaten again. The cycle of eating is very cyclical, and as a predator, spiders are prey.