In nature, it is normal for all parts of an organism –and indeed an entire eco-system — to work harmoniously to ensure survival.
The veins in a leaf transport water and nutrients (1); the health of the plant depends on that flow. All parts of the leaf need water and minerals so they can transport sap back to the rest of the plant. Neglect, decay or disease in any part of the system affects the well-being of the whole.
It’s a simple idea that we accept in nature, yet ignore when it comes to human lives and systems. We over-fish and pollute our oceans, dig up and burn fossil fuels, destroy rain forests and the thousands of species that live in them, build roads and cities over land that once produced food, contaminate our food and water supplies … the list seems endless.
We have forgotten the most elemental truth:
The Earth does not belong to us: we belong to the Earth. — Marlee Matlin
In these pohutukawa leaves we can see the connections and the journeys between every part of the structure. I can edit the images in many ways, but the relationship stays the same. Survival of the whole depends on the health of all the parts.
(1) Leaf, Wikipedia.