Old lettuce

Do you know what this picture is showing?  It’s lettuce, that staple of our nutrition, after it has gone to seed.  No good to munch on anymore, but isn’t it lovely nonetheless?  So rich and curly.  Because of recent experiences, it puts me in mind of the typically long life we Americans enjoy these days.  We’re outliving our usefulness, much like the greenery shown here, but we humans scarcely know how to deal with it.

My hope is that we can learn to live and work in such a way that when we’re no longer active, when our skills are no longer useful and we bolt heavenwards like the lettuce, then our true beauty will still shine, even more glorious for its mysterious uselessness, its divine impracticality.

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