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  • Much of my work has become routine, so I have lots of time to think about many things as I work. A lot of the thinking is about God and our relationships with Him. At one point I glanced at my watch and realized that neither God, nor nature, nor animals, nor anything else in the universe can make use of a watch.

    Then I thought, there’s actually very little that has ever been made by mankind that nature, God or the universe can use – yet they all make things that humans use all the time. The only things I could think of which nature uses is the stuff we throw away or abandon. We buy food for domesticated animals and livestock, but otherwise nature has to wait until we discard things before they become useful. Garbage dumps and waste disposal sites support lots of creatures. Abandoned vehicles, buildings, ships and planes can become homes or temporary sanctuaries for lots of different animals. We tend to shoo away pests or attack them with various chemicals, traps and deterrents. We even build fences to keep them away from our valuable stuff.

    We are a peculiar species.

    Public Domain Photo Credit to D\'Arcy
    Norman
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