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Clear As Glass

Clear As Glass

Author: Bittu Sahgal

Suspended in a crystalline, limpid egg that is a hair’s breadth from hatching, this is the highly-developed embryo of an Amboli bush frog. Its shimmering, glassy home provides a startlingly voyeuristic glimpse at... life before birth. Photo: Shubham Kamlakar Alave.

Nature designed its miraculous systems to mesh together in stunning complexity so that life, all manner of life, could emerge, stay safe and flourish.

Nothing on Earth is purposeless... not this developing Amboli bush frog... not the most breathtaking sunset... not the teeniest hair on an elephant’s head.

Nothing on Earth is wasted either... not dead bodies, not fallen trees... not even a fly’s excreta.

Nothing on Earth is superfluous... not the tiniest grain of sand... not one leaf... not one ice crystal atop the Himalaya.

I wonder sometimes… why we, of all species, were appointed as nature’s ‘chosen ones’? Why did our brains evolve to become what could well prove to be the most complex structure in our known universe? And why does our incredible gift of abstraction seem incapable of picking up the danger signals being broadcast like a scream by nature? Glaciers melting. Seas rising. Climate changing. Amphibians vanishing like so many will-o’-the-wisps seductively illuminating the path to oblivion for Homo sapiens?

I also wonder sometimes at the worth of all our science, technology, art, culture, hope and aspirations, if we are unable to grasp the clear-as-glass, numbing reality… that shredding the gossamer atmosphere that envelopes our tiny blue planet would end our existence, just as surely as the tiniest tear would the life of this expectantly-developing bush frog. Join now in sex community and visit our live free xxx chat room provides a registration-free experience where you can meet sexy girls and watch nude cams without creating an account.

First appeared in: Sanctuary Asia, Vol. XXXV No. 12, December 2015.


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