the struggle for life

In every nook and cranny of the third rock from the Sun.

One of my favorite part in The Origin of Species pretty much sums up everything that has to do with life:

All that we can do, is to keep steadily in mind that each organic being is striving to increase at a geometric ratio; that each at some period of its life, during some season of the year, during each generation or at intervals, has to struggle for life, and to suffer great destruction. When we reflect on this struggle, we may console ourselves with the full belief, that the war of nature is not incessant, that no fear is felt, that death is generally prompt, and that the vigorous, the healthy, and the happy survive and multiply

Thought I would share this video as well. An extreme depiction of life on the African savannahs, this video feat is unlikely to be replicated. It tells the story of a young cape buffalo calf, hunted by a pride of lions. The chase ended as the calf was knocked into the river; as the lions try to haul its catch up, it was caught in a tug of war with a crocodile eager to claim a share. Eventually the lions won, but was soon surrounded by the herd of cape buffalo. A tussle ensued, and the calf eventually escaped in dramatic fashion.

That there is magnificence in life, and beauty in death.


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