Last summer I saw a timber wolf trotting sedately across an open dune above the water, and time without number rabbits, squirrels and birds, not feeding but seeming to enjoy the peculiar delight that beaches provide.I cannot speak for them, but is it wrong to believe that they may know something akin to the lift of spirit that is mine when standing on the sands?Dicots have two cotyledons, four- or five-part flowers, and net leaf vein patterns.
Some key assumptions: Angiosperms: flowering plants that place their seeds in fruits.
The monocots have an embryo with a single cotyledon (seed leaf), three-part flowers, parallel leaf veins, and adventitious root growth.
Anthropocentric Detour: deep ecologist George Sessions’ term for the ideological turn of mind Western civilization has taken, accompanied by occasional opportunities to return to a less human-centered way of viewing the world (e.g., Maimonides’ belief that the world was good before humans were created, and Spinoza’s thought that mind is found throughout nature).
For many deep ecologists, regarding the natural world only for what it does for us exhibits a regrettable immaturity.
Adaptation: how living things change what they do or what they are to survive in a particular environment.