Imagine looking at Earth from space. A picture, of course, will never fully show how spectacular it must look, but feel free to bring one up, in case you feel you may need it for reference (the world geography test is next Tuesday!)
There is land, and there is water. Land, and water. Land, and water. It’s beautiful, awe-inspiring, and yet so minimalist in nature.
It’s undeniable that these two elements — land and water — make up our world: they are Planet Earth. But no — no, I disagree. (Of course I do — I’m L!)
How much is there to the world? An incomprehensible amount of (and forgive me here, for I am about to use “that word”) stuff resides, is created, and dies in this world: people, places, objects, concepts — the list goes on.
Geographically, the world is land, and water. If you break everything down, there is land, and there is water, and whilst there is so many brilliant, astounding and unbelievably undervalued things in between (the Great Barrier Reef being a personal favourite of mine), most physical geographical features can be labeled as either land or water. And so, on a base level, our image of Planet Earth is accurate.
Conceptually, though, it shows nothing. What does that same image show of concepts, ideas and the lives of not only of humans, but other animals and plants too? In my opinion, it shows very, very little of our lives, purely because our lives aren’t dominated by large expanses of land and water, and we are no longer bound by their perimeters. Instead, our modern-day manacles are figurative, conceptual, unable to be drawn on a piece of paper, or photographed by even the most advanced of cameras.
I’m sure that your life, like mine, is dominated by friendships, family, deadlines, work and/or school, art — so much more than the physical. None of these are physical, but does that make them lesser in value in any way? Of course it doesn’t — many of them are the building blocks of our lives — they are our worlds. A photograph, or the most intricate drawing, will never be able to reflect that, at least not using the means which I, or any of us, are familiar with today.
So, what is our planet? Can it be summed up in a sentence, or a picture? I don’t know about you, but I don’t think it can; I think Earth is so much more than we will ever understand, and that, in many ways, is the beauty of it.